the lay of the land

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the lay of the land

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

Word by Word Definitions

land play
  1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth

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

  3. : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources

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

  2. : to set down after conveying

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


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