lay of the land


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. lay into,
  2. lay it on the line,
  3. lay it on thick,
  4. lay low,
  5. lay odds,
  6. lay of the land, the,
  7. lay off,
  8. lay on,
  9. lay on the line,
  10. lay on, macduff

Also especially British, lie of the land.

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