- n. UK A paved area at the side of a highway designated for drivers to stop in, for emergency parking, or where vehicles can wait, with larger lay-bys possibly having facilities like food vendors or public telephones.
- n. UK A railroad siding; a second, short railroad track just to the side of a railroad track, connected with the main track by a switch and used for unloading, bypassing, etc.
- n. nautical A widened section of a narrow river or canal, formed to one side so as to leave the channel free, for mooring of vessels, where vessels can lay over or allow others to pass.
- n. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa A method of retail purchase in which the selected goods are set aside and the customer pays for them in instalments, receiving them when fully paid; layaway.
“Watching, say, Jacques Kallis trying to hit every ball for six, it was as though Mr D'Arcy had given up smouldering silently across the tea table and instead decided just to get his nipples pierced and go out dogging in a motorway lay-by.”
“I and the scene of crime van were parked nearby in a lay-by outside a fast food shop as it was a busy main road.”
“And so it was that my teenage son, Rufus, and I pulled into a lay-by on the A3 early one Sunday morning.”
“A turn-out or lay-by would be good; but not only is there no such safe haven, there isn't even a shoulder to rely on.”
“There was an unmarked police car in a lay-by, and within seconds of me stopping, police appeared from it, ran up the road and shot at my tyres and smashed the window in.”
“He could avoid adding to prison overcrowding by quietly serving his sentence in a lay-by.”
“Luckily, there was a lay-by coming up for Eva to skid into.”
“Shelley indicated and began slowing down as they approached a lay-by.”
“Here too is a lay-by with a mobile café catering to the bikers.”
“A week or so ago, when I was driving home from London very late one night and became too tired to continue, I pulled into a dark lay-by and slept underneath it, warm and comfortable even when the temperature plummeted before dawn.”
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All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
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Words I've come across while reading and looked up in the dictionary.
From the book by David Crystal
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