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  • n. Alternative form of lay-by.
  • v. To put away for future use; put aside; store; save; hoard; to build up as savings.
  • v. (of a sailing vessel) To remain stationary while heading into the wind; to come to a standstill; heave to; lay to.
  • v. To tend (a crop) for the last time, leaving it to mature without further cultivation.


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  • Then Queen Budur stood up and wiped away her tears and, making the lesser ablution,317 applied her to pray: nor did she give over praying till drowsiness overcame the Lady Hayat al-Nufus and she slept, whereupon the Lady Budur came and lay by her till the morning.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The rain-drops dimpled it into the water, when the road lay by the river-side; and the bare tree-stems they were passing, that said so much of the past and the future, said also quietly and soberly, "NOW."

    The Hills of the Shatemuc

  • Soon Dwalin lay by Balin, and Fili and Kili together, and Dori and Nori and Ori all in a heap, and Oin and Gloin and Bifur and Bofur and Bombur piled uncomfortably near the fire.

    The Hobbit

  • And know, O my father, with assured knowledge, that I consent to marry, but on condition that thou give me to wife her who lay by my side this night; for I am certain it was thou sentest her to me and madest me in love with her and then despatchedst a message to her before the dawn and tookest her away from beside me.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • 'Don't you know, sir, that you bid me lay by the blade-bone to broil.'

    Andrew Marvell

  • Twelve were sent; and Nelson, saying that he hoped yet to win half-a-dozen more great victories, promised to lay by six bottles of his Hamburgh friend's wine, for the purpose of drinking one after each.

    The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson

  • Presently, he caught sight of a hamlet near hand and being sore athirst, he made for it and presenting himself at the door of a house that lay by the wayside, asked for a draught of water.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Richard and Taffy sang a lay by Thomas Tallis, passed into “Greensleeves,” and brought the rest into it to sing tavern ballads and popular ditties.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Seated around her were various members of that rising race with which a Southern household abounds, engaged in shelling peas, peeling potatoes, picking pinfeathers out of fowls, and other preparatory arrangements, -- Dinah every once in a while interrupting her meditations to give a poke, or a rap on the head, to some of the young operators, with the pudding-stick that lay by her side.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • His way lay by the Kirk of Alloway, and being rather on the anxious look-out in approaching a place so well known to be a favourite haunt of the devil and the devil's friends and emissaries, he was struck aghast by discovering through the horrors of the storm and stormy night a light, which, on his nearer approach, plainly showed itself to proceed from the haunted edifice.

    Selected English Letters


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