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layaway

[ ley-uh-wey ]
/ ˈleɪ əˌweɪ /
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noun

an article or item purchased through a layaway plan.

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Origin of layaway

First recorded in 1880–85; noun use of verb phrase lay away
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British Dictionary definitions for layaway

lay away

verb (tr, adverb)

to store or reserve for future use
to reserve (merchandise) for future delivery, while payments are being made
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Idioms and Phrases with layaway

lay away

see lay aside, def. 2.

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