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phrasal verb [transitive] British old-fashioned
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present tense
I/you/we/theylay about
he/she/itlays about
present participlelaying about
past tenselaid about
past participlelaid about
  1. lay about someone to attack someone by hitting them
    lay about someone with something:

    He said that his captors had laid about him with whips.

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