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lay on the line

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1

Make ready for payment, as in They laid hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line to develop the new software. [c. 1900]

2

lay it on the line. Speak frankly and firmly, make something clear. For example, The professor laid it on the line: either hand in a term paper or fail the course. [c. 1920]

3

Put something at risk, as in The troops sent overseas were laying their lives on the line. [Mid-1900s]

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