lay of the land
the general state or condition of affairs under consideration; the facts of a situation: We asked a few questions to get the lay of the land.
How To Use “Lay” vs. “Lie”The difference between the verbs lay and lie is one of English’s most confusing questions. Both words involve something or someone in a horizontal position, but where the two words deviate has to do with who or what is horizontal.
Also especially British, lie of the land.
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