lay it on the line

idiom

Definition of lay it on the line

informal
: to speak very honestly and directly to someone Let me lay it on the line (to/for you): if your work doesn't improve, you'll be fired.

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“Lay it on the line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lay%20it%20on%20the%20line. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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