the lay of the land

noun phrase

: 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 31 May. 2023.

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