lay it on the line

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

line play
  1. : a length of cord or cord-like material: such as

  2. : a comparatively strong slender cord

  3. : clothesline

  1. : to mark or cover with a line or lines

  2. : to depict with lines : draw

  3. : to place or form a line along

  1. : to cover the inner surface of

  2. : to put something in the inside of : fill

  3. : to serve as the lining of


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