how the land lies

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of how the land lies

chiefly British
:the true facts about a situation
  • Let's see how the land lies before we make any decisions.

Word by Word Definitions

how play
  1. : in what manner or way

  2. : for what reason : why

  3. : with what meaning : to what effect

  1. : the way or manner in which

  2. : that

  3. : however, as

  1. : a question about manner or method

  2. : manner, method

land play
  1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth

  2. : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality

  3. : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources

  1. : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark

  2. : to set down after conveying

  3. : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place

lie play lies
  1. : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : rest, recline

  2. : to assume a horizontal position

  3. : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : lodge

  1. : lay

  2. : the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

  3. : the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) : covert

  1. : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

  2. : to create a false or misleading impression

  3. : to bring about by telling lies

  1. : an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

  2. : an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

  3. : something that misleads or deceives


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