lay to
verb Date: 1796 intransitive verb lie to transitive verb to bring (a ship) into the wind and hold stationary

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  • lay to — {v.} 1. To give the blame or credit to; to name as cause. * /He was unpopular and when he made money, it was laid to his dishonesty, but when he lost money, it was laid to his stupidity./ Compare: LAY AT ONE S DOOR. 2. To hold a ship or boat… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay to — {v.} 1. To give the blame or credit to; to name as cause. * /He was unpopular and when he made money, it was laid to his dishonesty, but when he lost money, it was laid to his stupidity./ Compare: LAY AT ONE S DOOR. 2. To hold a ship or boat… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lay to — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English leyen to, from leyen to lay + to : to bring (a ship) into the wind and hold stationary except for drifting intransitive verb 1. : to lie to 2. : to apply or exert oneself …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay to — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms lay to : present tense I/you/we/they lay to he/she/it lays to present participle laying to past tense laid to past participle laid to lay something to if you lay a ship to, or if it lays to, it… …   English dictionary

  • lay\ to — v 1. To give the blame or credit to; to name as cause. He was unpopular and when he made money, it was laid to his dishonesty, but when he lost money, it was laid to his stupidity. Compare: lay at one s door 2. To hold a ship or boat still… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay to — Synonyms and related words: account for, accredit with, accrete to, acknowledge, aestivate, apply to, ascribe to, assign to, attach to, attribute to, blame, blame for, blame on, bring home to, buckle down, charge on, charge to, confess, connect… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lay to — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. (give) credit, ascribe, pin on*; see assign 1 , attribute …   English dictionary for students

  • To lay to — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lay to heart — Lay Lay (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Laid} (l[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Laying}.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr. licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja, Goth. lagjan. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] 1. To cause to lie down,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay to rest something — lay to rest (something) (or lay (something) to rest) see ↑rest, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑lay …   Useful english dictionary

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