lay a finger on
Definition of lay a finger on
: to touch or hit (someone) —usually used in negative statements I don't know what he's complaining about. I never laid a finger on him.
Word by Word Definitions
: to beat or strike down with force
: to put or set down
: to place for rest or sleep
: covert, lair
: something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)
: line of action : plan
: past tense oflie
: a simple narrative poem : ballad
: melody, song
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