English version

the lay of the land

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe lay of the landthe lay of the landa) HAPPENthe situation that exists at a particular time Get the lay of the land before you make any decisions. b) APPEARANCEthe appearance of an area of land, for example the way it slopes lay
Examples from the Corpus
the lay of the landHe's got to get the lay of the land before he makes any decisions.A lot of people, especially those new to the city, have no concept of the lay of the land.
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