lay about

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "lay about":
present tense I/you/we/they lay about he/she/it lays about present participle laying about past tense laid about past participle laid about British old-fashioned
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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  • lay about — intransitive verb 1. : to strike in all directions : hit out at random 2. : to take steps in preparation : seek means : go about * * * ˌlay a ˈbout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about — Brit. beat or attack violently. ↘(lay about one) strike out wildly on all sides. → lay …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay about — verb a) To strike blows in all directions. b) To set about, with infinitive or gerund …   Wiktionary

  • lay·about — /ˈlejəˌbaʊt/ noun, pl abouts [count] informal : a lazy person an irresponsible layabout her layabout brother …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about one — ► lay about one strike out wildly. Main Entry: ↑lay …   English terms dictionary

  • lay about one — To deal blows vigorously or on all sides • • • Main Entry: ↑lay …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about somebody (with something) — ˌlay aˈbout sb (with sth) derived (BrE) to attack sb violently • The gang laid about him with sticks. Main entry: ↑layderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about you (with something) — ˌlay aˈbout you/yourself (with sth) derived (BrE) to hit sb/sth without control or move your arms or legs violently in all directions • She laid about herself with her stick to keep the dogs off. Main entry: ↑layderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about yourself (with something) — ˌlay aˈbout you/yourself (with sth) derived (BrE) to hit sb/sth without control or move your arms or legs violently in all directions • She laid about herself with her stick to keep the dogs off. Main entry: ↑layderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay about one — {v. phr.} To hit out in all directions. Used with a reflexive object: her , him , or them . * /The bandits surrounded the sheriff, but he laid about him so hard, with his gun used as a club, that they stepped back and let him escape./ * /Mrs.… …   Dictionary of American idioms


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