Definition of the lay of the land
- She knew the lay of the land from hiking through it daily.
- It takes time for new employees to get the lay of the land in this department.
: the solid part of the surface of the earth
: ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality
: the surface of the earth and all its natural resources
: 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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