from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In railroading, a train, particularly a freight- or local passenger-train, which is detained on a siding to allow an express-train to pass.
  • n. Same as lay-down.


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  • The men had expected some sort of a lay-over in which to rest up; besides, this Klondike was a new section of the Northland, and they had wished to see a little something of the Golden City where dust flowed like water, and dance halls rang with never ending revelry.

    An Odyssey of the North

  • Well, it was meant to be humorous, of course, unless you do actually have the opportunity to make a lay-over and had not thought that BEA was there and might be useful.

    Events And Suchlike

  • At any rate, Newt may be going to heaven, after a long lay-over in Purgatory, but he is not going to the White House as President.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Yesterday I was flying back from a conference in Banff and picked up a copy of New Scientist during a protracted lay-over.

    February « 2008 « Imaginary Potential

  • When doing camping/paddling trips, it's great to have a lay-over day by a river or lake and do the laundry; a clothesline in the wilderness.


  • Day 4 ~ 1970: "During the two-hour lay-over, before our last leg to Seoul, I began to have serious doubts..."

    Day 4 ~ 1970

  • I thought my trip to India ended in India, but on the five hour lay-over in Finland, when I fell asleep on the bus to the city (first noting that the Finnish seemed extremely pale, compared to Indians, and the skyline astonishingly gray), I woke up and found a smiling man next to me.

    Karin Badt: The King of Morocco and a Little Girl in Bombay (xvii)

  • I have a 5 hour lay-over in London, so I might be able to do something during that time, but my foot is bothering me a lot, so I'm not sure.

    What if No One's Watching?: January 2008 Archives

  • Our trusty Transom reporter took the glam low-rent flight, of course, with a lay-over in Las Vegas.

    Hello, Park City, At Last

  • I am excited about my lay-over in Cincinnati though.

    Archive 2005-03-01


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