lay it on the line


: 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.

Examples of lay it on the line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After months of talk, the 26 people who have declared their desire to go to Congress via a South Florida special election have to lay it on the line — with cold, hard cash. Anthony Man,, 9 Aug. 2021

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“Lay it on the line.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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