lay by

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

lay by (plural lay bys)

  1. Alternative form of lay-by.

Verb[edit]

lay by (third-person singular simple present lays by, present participle laying by, simple past and past participle laid by)

  1. To put away for future use; put aside; store; save; hoard; to build up as savings.
    He had managed to lay by money for college through his years as a paperboy.
  2. (nautical) (of a sailing vessel) To remain stationary while heading into the wind; to come to a standstill; heave to; lay to.
  3. (Southern and Midland US) To tend (a crop) for the last time, leaving it to mature without further cultivation.