lay by

lay by
transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to lay aside ; discard 2. to store for future use ; save 3. to cultivate (as corn) for the last time

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • lay-by — lay bys N COUNT A lay by is a short strip of road by the side of a main road, where cars can stop for a while. [BRIT] I left my car in a lay by and set off on foot. (in AM, use pull off, turn out) …   English dictionary

  • lay by — lay up [v1] hurt, incapacitate beat up, confine, disable, harm, hospitalize, injure; concept 246 Ant. heal, help lay up / lay by [v2] set aside, store accumulate, amass, build up, bury, conserve, cumulate, garner, hide, hoard, keep, lay in,… …   New thesaurus

  • lay-by — meaning in BrE ‘an area by the side of an open road where vehicles may stop’, has the plural form lay bys …   Modern English usage

  • lay-by — /lay buy /, n. 1. Brit. (on a road or railroad) a place beside the main road or track where vehicles may wait. 2. Naut. a mooring place in a narrow river or canal, formed to one side so as to leave the channel free. [1795 1805; n. use of v.… …   Universalium

  • lay-by — plural lay bys n BrE a space next to a road where vehicles can stop …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay-by — ► NOUN (pl. lay bys) 1) Brit. an area at the side of a road where vehicles may pull off the road and stop. 2) Austral./NZ & S. African a system of paying a deposit to secure an article for later purchase …   English terms dictionary

  • lay-by — [lā′bī΄] n. 1. a widened section of a stream, canal, etc. where vessels can lay over or pass 2. a railroad siding 3. Brit. a widened section as along a highway, for emergency parking …   English World dictionary

  • lay-by — lay ,by noun 1. ) count BRITISH an area provided by the side of a road where vehicles can stop for a short period of time 2. ) uncount AUSTRALIAN the layaway method of buying goods from a store …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lay by — index deposit (submit to a bank), hoard Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lay by — transitive verb 1. : to lay aside : put away : discard 2. : to store for future use : save 3. a. South & Midland : to cultivate (as corn) for the last time …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay-by — /ˈleɪ baɪ / (say lay buy) noun 1. the reservation of an article by payment of a cash deposit. 2. an item so reserved or so purchased. 3. British a part of a road or railway where vehicles may draw up out of the stream of traffic. –verb (t) (lay… …   Australian English dictionary

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