lay on the table
phrasal 1. to remove (a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely 2. British to put (as legislation) on the agenda

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lay on the table — This phrase occurs in the official records of meetings or deliberations of various government bodies. If a proposal or motion is laid on the table, it is essentially a euphemism, meaning that nothing further will be done in this matter or we are… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • lay on the table — phrasal 1. : to remove (a parliamentary motion) from consideration indefinitely 2. or lay upon the table Brit : to put (as legislation) on the agenda * * * lay on the table see under ↑table • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • To lay on the table — Table Ta ble, n. [F., fr. L. tabula a board, tablet, a painting. Cf. {Tabular}, {Taffrail}, {Tavern}.] 1. A smooth, flat surface, like the side of a board; a thin, flat, smooth piece of anything; a slab. [1913 Webster] A bagnio paved with fair… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay upon the table — phrasal see lay on the table 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay one's cards on the table — or[lay down one s cards] or[put one s cards on the table] {v. phr.}, {informal} To let someone know your position and interest openly; deal honestly; act without trickery or secrets. * /In talking about buying the property, Peterson laid his… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay one's cards on the table — or[lay down one s cards] or[put one s cards on the table] {v. phr.}, {informal} To let someone know your position and interest openly; deal honestly; act without trickery or secrets. * /In talking about buying the property, Peterson laid his… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay\ one's\ cards\ on\ the\ table — • lay one s cards on the table • lay down one s cards • put one s cards on the table v. phr. informal To let someone know your position and interest openly; deal honestly; act without trickery or secrets. In talking about buying the property,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay your cards on the table — lay/put/your cards on the table phrase to tell people exactly what you are thinking or what you are intending to do I’m going to lay my cards on the table and say that I don’t like the idea. Thesaurus: to give your opinionsynonym Main entry: card …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay/put all/all of your cards on the table — lay/put (all/all of) your cards on the table : to be honest with other people and to tell them your thoughts, plans, etc., in a very open way Before we can talk further, you need to put all your cards on the table. [=you need to tell me what you… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay/put your cards on the table — lay/put (all/all of) your cards on the table : to be honest with other people and to tell them your thoughts, plans, etc., in a very open way Before we can talk further, you need to put all your cards on the table. [=you need to tell me what you… …   Useful english dictionary

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