[ ley-doun ]

  1. a hand held by a declarer that is or can be played with all cards exposed because no action by the opponents can prevent the declarer from taking the number of tricks necessary to make the contract.

  2. an unbeatable contract that can so easily be made that a declarer can or does play the hand with all cards exposed.

Origin of laydown

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase lay down

Words Nearby laydown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for lay down

lay down

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to place on the ground, etc

  2. to relinquish or discard: to lay down one's life

  1. to formulate (a rule, principle, etc)

  2. to build or begin to build: the railway was laid down as far as Manchester

  3. to record (plans) on paper

  4. to convert (land) into pasture

  5. to store or stock: to lay down wine

  6. informal to wager or bet

  7. (tr, adverb) informal to record (tracks) in a studio

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Other Idioms and Phrases with laydown


Give something up, surrender, as in They laid down their arms. [c. 1300]

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