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lay

1
a portion of the catch or the profits from a whaling or fishing expedition

lay

2
of, involving, or belonging to people who are not clergy

lay

3
1. a ballad or short narrative poem, esp one intended to be sung
2. a song or melody

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(design engineering)
The direction, length, or angle of twist of the strands in a rope or cable.
(metallurgy)
The direction of the prevailing surface pattern on a piece of metal after grinding, cutting, lapping, or other processing.
(mining engineering)
A share of profit.
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However, Downing's decision to submit a transfer request could force their hand with Southgate admitting when striker Ayegbeni Yakubu made it clear his future lay away from the Riverside Stadium at Everton that there was no point in hanging on to players who did not want to be there.
Retail stores must fully disclose its policy on lay away plans - plans that allow customers to pay for merchandise in installments, but in which they do receive the products until paying in full.
As revealed exclusively in Irish Sunday Mirror Sport two weeks ago, Jones had decided his future lay away from Crewe long before they were condemned to life in League One.