from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To rest; to intermit labor; as, we lay by during the heat of the day.
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Mandeville’s story of the Islanders who, on the marriage-night, make another man to lie by their wives, to have their maidenhead, for which they give great hire and much thanks.
I therefore allow the “Fresh-Water Fishes” to lie by and drive on the others.