the lay of the land

noun phrase

Definition of the lay of the land

: 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.

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“The lay of the land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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