Etymology 1 
- To lay down beforehand
- These grounds being forelaid and understood. — Mede.
- I shall, before I instance, only forelay this That we must consider ... — The Whole Works of the Rev. John Howe, M.A. with a Memoir of the Author. Vol. VI., 1822
- To waylay
- Again Lavis heard him: "You thought to forelay me, eh -- and breed panic above?” — James B. Connally, Sonnie-Boy's People, 1913
- To plan, contrive in advance
- You folks had better forelay to come aboard by then. — Charles Neville Buck, The Tyranny of Weakness, 1917
Etymology 2 
- Simple past of forelie.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.