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layabout

[ ley-uh-bout ]
/ ˈleɪ əˌbaʊt /
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noun Chiefly British.

a lazy or idle person; loafer.

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Origin of layabout

1930–35; noun use of verb phrase lay about, nonstandard variant of lie about
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British Dictionary definitions for layabout

layabout
/ (ˈleɪəˌbaʊt) /

noun

a lazy person; loafer

verb lay about

(preposition, usually intr or reflexive) old-fashioned to hit out with violent and repeated blows in all directions
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