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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylay on
he/she/itlays on
present participlelaying on
past tenselaid on
past participlelaid on
  1. 1
    lay something on someone informal to tell or show something to someone, especially when you do not expect them to like it

    Okay, I’m ready for the bad news. Lay it on me.

  2. 2
    British to provide something such as food, entertainment, or a service, especially without charging for it
  3. 3
    lay it on thick informal to make something such as your admiration for someone or their achievements seem greater or more important than they really are in order to impress someone
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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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