lay-by

1 of 2

noun

1
British : turnout sense 2b
2
: the final operation (such as a last cultivating) in the growing of a field crop

lay by

2 of 2

verb

laid by; laying by; lays by

transitive verb

1
: to lay aside : discard
2
: to store for future use : save
3
: to cultivate (a crop, such as corn) for the last time

Examples of lay-by in a Sentence

Verb a politician who had laid by his principles years ago ever since the last hurricane caught them unprepared, they have laid by emergency supplies
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Redstone's final act For Shari Redstone, the controlling shareholder in National Amusements, the deal brings to a close her family's long stewardship of Paramount, which was built on the foundation laid by her late father, entertainment mogul Sumner Redstone. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 8 July 2024 The north bank is lined with razor wire laid by the Texas National Guard, tangled with the torn clothing of migrants. Lauren Villagran, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 In 2001, based on groundwork laid by Albright, the State Department inaugurated its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, ranking countries based on their tolerance of a crime that disproportionately victimizes women. Foreign Affairs, 15 Feb. 2016 The cuckoo catfish, found in Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest freshwater lake located in Sub-Saharan Africa, sneaks its own eggs into clutches laid by cichlid fish. Ben Guarino, Popular Science, 13 June 2024 The transaction would have brought an end to the Redstone family's long stewardship of Paramount, which was built on the corporate foundation laid by her late father, entertainment mogul Sumner Redstone. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 11 June 2024 But, according to police, the two women were walking into a trap laid by Adams; her boyfriend, Tad Cullum; and two pals, Cole and Cora Twombly. Joseph Wilkinson, New York Daily News, 16 Apr. 2024 Amorim and her colleagues compared the number of eggs laid by populations of the fish in different tanks. Elizabeth Anne Brown, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 These nymphs start off as eggs laid by adult flies from the former generation. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 6 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1939, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lay-by was in the 15th century

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“Lay-by.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay-by. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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