a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model.
a similar figure used in shops to display costumes.
a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.
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How to use lay figure in a sentence
The moment a girl marries in New England she is apt to become a drudge, or a lay figure on which to exhibit the latest fashions.
It really was an artistic pleasure to deal with such beautiful hair, and such a lovely lay figure as Esther's.Magnum Bonum | Charlotte M. Yonge
They are married, absolutely married; my par and that painted lay figure you introduced to him, that Mrs. Harrington.A Noble Woman | Ann S. Stephens
The mere mention of the rival's name sufficed to reduce Lilly to the position of nothing but a lay figure.The Song of Songs | Hermann Sudermann
Olive, humbled and disconsolate, prepared for her voluntary duty as Vanbrugh's lay-figure.Olive | Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
British Dictionary definitions for lay figure
an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
a person considered to be subservient or unimportant
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