lay it on
Definition of lay it on
: to speak in a way that is exaggerated and not sincere You should compliment her cooking but don't lay it on too thick or she'll know you don't mean it. He laid it on pretty heavily and pretended to be interested in what she said.
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up lay it on? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).