the lay of the land

Definition of the lay of the land

US

  1. :  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

  1. :  to beat or strike down with force

    :  to put or set down

    :  to place for rest or sleep

  1. :  covert, lair

    :  something (such as a layer) that lies or is laid (see 1lay)

    :  line of action :  plan

  1. : past tense oflie

  1. :  a simple narrative poem :  ballad

    :  melody, song

  1. :  of or relating to the laity :  not ecclesiastical

    :  of or relating to members of a religious house occupied with domestic or manual work

    :  not of a particular profession

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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