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 — 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\ heart — • take to heart • lay to heart v. phr. To be seriously affected by; to feel deeply. He took his brother s death very much to heart. He took his friend s advice to heart …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lay to rest — get rid of, put away permanently, stop They have been trying to lay to rest the rumors about the financial problems in the company …   Idioms and examples

  • lay to rest — lay (something) to rest to solve or end something. The trial will lay all worry to rest that the wrong man was accused of this crime …   New idioms dictionary

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