lay on


verb (tr, adverb)

to provide or supplyto lay on entertainment
British to installto lay on electricity
lay it on informal
  1. to exaggerate, esp when flattering
  2. to charge an exorbitant price
  3. to punish or strike harshly

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Idioms and Phrases with lay on

lay on

1

Cover with, apply; also, use. For example, He decided to lay on a second coat of primer, or She laid on a thick Southern accent. [c. 1600] Also see lay it on thick.

2

Inflict blows, attack, as in “Lay on, Macduff; and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'” (Shakespeare, Macbeth, 5:8). [Early 1200s]

3

Impose or cast something on someone, as in The government laid a tax on landholders, or Dad had a way of laying the guilt for his shortcomings on his partners. This usage is also found in lay or put the blame on someone, as in Nancy could always find someone to lay the blame on, or Jerry put the blame on Bill. [1300s]

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