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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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Lawyer Sarah Ann Magson, 37, of Teesside, says: "I am used to laying down the law in the courtroom, but now I' stages going to lay down the law in the boardroom."
But, while I love my mum to bits, I do need to lay down the law a bit.
Though its subject is law, it doesn't lay down the law; rather, it records a variety of traditions and interpretations about what the law is supposed to be.
" We are going to lay down the law that whether witnesses can be recalled at the behest of an accused," a bench headed by Justice J.
Lee says: "It's the animals who lay down the law and we just follow, which is how it should be I think."
Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was the "Westminster establishment" trying to lay down the law to Scotland and warned that the move would backfire.
Wouldn't it be nice if people would make 'fewer' (and not 'less') mistakes; if they would say 'for you and me' (not for 'I'); if they would 'lie down' (not 'lay') - a hen can lay an egg., you can lay your cards on the table or lay down the law. You have to name what you are laying down.