Definitions starting with L

ID #2468

lay off

[OED, to take a rest, dial. and US] v.i. 1. to lie back and relax: 1918 He laid off jus' de same as if he was dead (Parsons 91).  1966 The Old Spirit up on the bed, laying off, eating (Crowley 68).  The dog there laying off and the cat licking him (Nassau). (Gen.)

 2. to stretch out in a supine position: She come, she meet me on da groun', lay right off (Long).
 -v.t. to lay out a corpse for burial: If ye dead dis mornin, dey fix ya up before dey lay ya off in da church (Crooked).

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Last update: 2010-11-01 19:47
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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