Phrasal Verbs with Lay

Lay by (Put away for future use; put aside; store; save; hoard; to build up as savings):
  • She decided to lay by a portion of her monthly income for a rainy day.
  • They always lay by some extra food supplies in case of emergencies.
  • He managed to lay by enough money to buy a new car.
Lay down (Give up, surrender, or yield; e.g., a weapon):
  • The suspect was ordered to lay down his weapon and surrender.
  • They decided to lay down their arms and seek a peaceful resolution.
  • He reluctantly laid down his sword and accepted defeat.
Lay down (Intentionally take a fall while riding a motorcycle, in order to prevent a more serious collision):
  • The experienced rider quickly laid down his bike to avoid a collision with the oncoming car.
  • She had to make a split-second decision and laid down her motorcycle to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
  • He skillfully laid down his bike on the grassy verge to avoid crashing into the barrier.
Lay down (Specify, institute, enact, assert firmly, state authoritatively, establish or formulate):
  • The company laid down strict guidelines for employee conduct in the workplace.
  • They laid down the rules and regulations for the competition.
  • He laid down his expectations clearly and firmly to his team.
Lay down (Lie down; to place oneself in a reclined or horizontal position, on a bed or similar, for the purpose of resting):
  • After a long day, she decided to lay down and take a nap.
  • They usually lay down on the sofa and watch TV in the evening.
  • He felt exhausted and needed to lay down to relax his tired body.
Lay low (Topple or overcome; to cause to fall; of a person, to knock out):
  • The boxer delivered a powerful punch that laid his opponent low.
  • They managed to lay low their competitors and emerge as the winners.
  • He threw a decisive blow that laid his opponent low and secured his victory.
Lay off (Cease, quit, stop doing something):
  • They decided to lay off the project due to budget constraints.
  • She promised to lay off smoking for the sake of her health.
  • He realized it was time to lay off the junk food and start eating healthier.
Lay off (Stop bothering, teasing, or pestering someone; to leave someone alone):
  • They asked their classmates to lay off their friend and stop making fun of him.
  • She told her siblings to lay off her and give her some privacy.
  • He was getting annoyed with their constant teasing and asked them to lay off.
Lay on (Provide food or drinks for free):
  • The company laid on a lavish buffet for the employees during the holiday party.
  • They laid on refreshments for the guests at the conference.
  • He decided to lay on a barbecue for his friends on the weekend.
Lay on (Repeatedly say particular things):
  • He would lay on the same jokes at every gathering, which eventually became tiresome.
  • They would lay on compliments for each other to boost their morale.
  • She tended to lay on excuses whenever she was late for work.
Lay out (Arrange in a certain way, so as to spread or space apart):
  • She carefully laid out the ingredients on the kitchen counter before starting to cook.
  • They laid out the furniture in the room to create an open and inviting space.
  • He took the time to lay out his tools neatly in the workshop for easy access.
Lay up (Make a layup with a basketball):
  • He managed to lay up the ball and score the winning point for his team.
  • They practiced their moves on the court, focusing on laying up the ball smoothly.
  • She perfected her technique and could lay up the ball from different angles.
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