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Sense: 1-3
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: LAY1
Sense: 4
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: lai

lay

4 noun
     
Related topics: Literature
lay4 [countable]
1

the lay of the land

a) the situation that exists at a particular time:
Get the lay of the land before you make any decisions.
b) the appearance of an area of land, for example the way it slopes
2

the lay of something

the appearance of something and where each part of it is:
Mr. Lowe will give you the lay of the camp and tell you what we're going to be doing.
3

be a good/quick/easy etc lay

informal to be a good, quick etc person to have sex with
4 literaryAL a poem or song

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