lay it on the line


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lay it on the line

 and put it on the line
Fig. to make something very clear; to be very definite about something. I am going to lay it on the line and you had better listen to me. If you eat any of these mushrooms, you will die. I've said it before, but this time I'm going to put it on the line. Don't eat the mushrooms!
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lay it on the line

to be completely honest Dad really laid it on the line and told me I couldn't use the car unless all my grades went up.
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lay it on the line

  (informal)
to tell someone the truth although it will upset them You're just going to have to lay it on the line and tell her her work's not good enough.
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lay it on the line

tv. to speak very frankly and directly. I’m going to have to lay it on the line with you, I guess.
See also: lay, line, on