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Definition of the verb lay about

What does lay about mean as a doing phrase?


  1. To strike blows in all directions.
  2. To set about, with infinitive or gerund.

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Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge (1806)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To Lay about.

Google previewA new universal etymological technological, and pronouncing dictionary of the English language (1849)

by John Craig (F.G.S.)

to lay about, to strike or throw the onus on all sides ; to act with vigour ; to lay at, to strike, or to endeavour to strike ; to lay in for, to make overtures for ; to engage or secure the possession of; to lay on, to strike ; to beat without intermission; ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

lay about one 1. Strike blows on all ...

Google previewThe English-irish Dictionary (1732)

To lay about one. Néae 'no &nal-rit. To lay the Vapours of the spleen. Le-Atff- To lay along upon the ground. Do fine 'Cd mt TejLge 'no c'vn ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1814)

To LAY about. To strike on all fides ; to ačt with great diligence and vigour.—In the late successful rebellion, how studiously did they say about them, to cast a slur upon the king South. And laid about in fight more busily, Than th' Amazonian ...

Google previewThe new encyclopædia; or, Universal dictionary ofarts and sciences (1807)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

To Lay about.

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