lay about one

lay about one

1. Strike blows on all sides, as in When the dogs cornered the old man, he laid about him with his cane. [Early 1400s]
2. Act vigorously, make strenuous efforts, as in When there was an opportunity for profit, he laid about him. [c. 1600]
See also: lay, one
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But what really surprised me is how many eggs chickens lay: Most lay about one egg a day.
If the project is successful, Aurora will install production facilities and lay about one mile of pipeline to connect the well to an existing natural gas pipeline in the vicinity.