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laydown

[ ley-doun ]
/ ˈleɪˌdaʊn /
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noun Bridge.
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.
an unbeatable contract that can so easily be made that a declarer can or does play the hand with all cards exposed.
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Origin of laydown

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase lay down
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British Dictionary definitions for laydown

lay down

verb (tr, adverb)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with laydown

lay down

1

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

2

Formulate, specify, as in The club laid down new membership rules. [Late 1400s]

3

Also, lay down one's life. Sacrifice one's life, as in He would willingly lay down his life for his children. [c. 1600]

4

Store for the future, as in It was a great vintage year for burgundy, and Mark laid down several cases. [Early 1800s] Also see lay aside, def. 2.

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