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lay down

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1 to put into effect through legislative or authoritative action
  • the city council promises to lay down new ordinances that will force dog walkers to clean up after their animals

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2 to state clearly and strongly
  • at the risk of their popularity, the parents laid down the rules for the party and wouldn't accept any arguments

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3 to give the rules about (something) clearly and exactly
  • the supervisor laid down the procedure for a complaint of sexual harassment

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4 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress
  • commanded the surrounded troops to lay down their weapons

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The first known use of lay down was in the 13th century

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“Lay down.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lay%20down. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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