[ ley-bahy ]
/ ˈleɪˌbaɪ /
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British. (on a road or railroad) a place beside the main road or track where vehicles may wait.
Nautical. a mooring place in a narrow river or canal, formed to one side so as to leave the channel free.
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Origin of lay-by

First recorded in 1795–1805; noun use of verb phrase lay by
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British Dictionary definitions for lay-by


British a place for drivers to stop at the side of a main road
nautical an anchorage in a narrow waterway, away from the channel
a small railway siding where rolling stock may be stored or parked
Australian, NZ and Southern African a system of payment whereby a buyer pays a deposit on an article, which is reserved for him until he has paid the full price
verb lay by (adverb)
(tr) to set aside or save for future needs
Also: lay to to cause (a sailing vessel) to stop in open water or (of a sailing vessel) to stop
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Other Idioms and Phrases with lay-by

lay by

see lay aside, def. 2.

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