- 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.
Origin of lay-by
First recorded in 1795–1805; noun use of verb phrase lay by
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Examples from the Web for lay-by
Dey gave us Christmas holidays, an' 4th of July, an' lay-by time.
Most growers cease tillage and lay-by the crop as soon as the vines have run enough to interfere with the cultivator.The Vegetable Garden
Dere was not much time for fishin' cept at lay-by time and at de Fourth of July.
- 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
- (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