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outlay

[noun out-ley; verb out-ley] /noun ˈaʊtˌleɪ; verb ˌaʊtˈleɪ/
noun
1.
an expending or spending, as of money.
2.
an amount expended; expenditure.
verb (used with object), outlaid, outlaying.
3.
to expend, as money.
Origin of outlay
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; out- + lay1
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  • It may be so; but Julian was an outlaying striker of venison, and made many a far cast when he had a fair doe in chase.

    The Abbot Sir Walter Scott
  • As the returning men entered the outlaying streets the little town was found to be anything but a quiet community.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for outlaying

outlay

noun (ˈaʊtˌleɪ)
1.
an expenditure of money, effort, etc
verb (ˌaʊtˈleɪ) -lays, -laying, -laid
2.
(transitive) to spend (money)
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Word Origin and History for outlaying

outlay

n.

"act or fact of laying out (especially money) or expending," 1798, originally Scottish, from out (adv.) + lay (v.).

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