lie of the land

noun

Definition of lie of the land

British

  1. :  the arrangement of the different parts in an area of land :  where things are located in a place She knew the lie of the land from hiking through it daily. —often used figuratively It takes time for new employees to get the lie of the land in this department.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position :  be prostrate :  rest, recline

    :  to reside temporarily :  stay for the night :  lodge

    :  to remain inactive (as in concealment)

  1. :  lay

    :  the position or situation in which something lies (see 1lie)

    :  the haunt of an animal (such as a fish) :  covert

  1. :  to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive

    :  to create a false or misleading impression

    :  to bring about by telling lies

  1. :  an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker or writer to be untrue with intent to deceive

    :  an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker or writer

    :  something that misleads or deceives

landplay
  1. :  the solid part of the surface of the earth

    :  a corresponding part of a celestial body (such as the moon)

    :  ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality

  1. :  to set or put on shore from a ship :  disembark

    :  to set down after conveying

    :  to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place


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contemplative of or relative to the past

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