To lay about one
Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster]

2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster]

3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster]

{To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to strike vigorously in all directions. --J. H. Newman.

{To lay at}, to strike or strike at. --Spenser.

{To lay for}, to prepare to capture or assault; to lay wait for. [Colloq.] --Bp Hall.

{To lay in for}, to make overtures for; to engage or secure the possession of. [Obs.] ``I have laid in for these.'' --Dryden.

{To lay on}, to strike; to beat; to attack. --Shak.

{To lay out}, to purpose; to plan; as, he lays out to make a journey. [1913 Webster]


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  • To lay about — Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster] 3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster] {To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay about one — To deal blows vigorously or on all sides • • • Main Entry: ↑lay …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about one — {v. phr.} To hit out in all directions. Used with a reflexive object: her , him , or them . * /The bandits surrounded the sheriff, but he laid about him so hard, with his gun used as a club, that they stepped back and let him escape./ * /Mrs.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay about one — {v. phr.} To hit out in all directions. Used with a reflexive object: her , him , or them . * /The bandits surrounded the sheriff, but he laid about him so hard, with his gun used as a club, that they stepped back and let him escape./ * /Mrs.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay\ about\ one — v. phr. To hit out in all directions. Used with a reflexive object: her , him , or them . The bandits surrounded the sheriff, but he laid about him so hard, with his gun used as a club, that they stepped back and let him escape. Mrs. Franklin… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay about one — (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To act] Syn. move, do, operate; see act 1 , perform 1 . 2. [To attack] Syn. hurt, punch, thrash; see attack 2 , beat 2 , hit 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • To lay at — Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster] 3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster] {To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lay for — Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster] 3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster] {To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lay in for — Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster] 3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster] {To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lay on — Lay Lay, v. i. 1. To produce and deposit eggs. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To take a position; to come or go; as, to lay forward; to lay aloft. [1913 Webster] 3. To lay a wager; to bet. [1913 Webster] {To lay about}, or {To lay about one}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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