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lay over

1. verb To physically place something on someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "over." If you lay the baby's favorite blanket over her, she should stop crying. Once we lay over the crust, we'll put it in the over.
2. verb To stop briefly in a journey before continuing on to another destination. I'm going to lay over in Dallas on my way home.
3. verb To delay or postpone something. You know, we can lay over some of this work until tomorrow—we don't have to do it all today.
4. noun A brief stop in a journey before continuing on to one's final destination. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. I have a layover in Dallas on my way home.
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lay something over someone or something

to cover someone or something with something. Here, lay this blanket over the baby. Please lay a napkin over the bread before you take it to the table.
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lay over (some place)

to pause some place during one's journey. I had to lay over in San Antonio for a few hours before my plane left. I want a bus that goes straight through. I don't want to lay over.
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lay over

1. Postpone, as in This issue will have to be laid over until our next meeting. [Late 1800s]
2. Make a stop in the course of a journey, as in They had to lay over for two days in New Delhi until the next flight to Katmandu. This sense gave rise to the noun lay-over for such a stopover. [Late 1800s]
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lay over

v.
To temporarily interrupt or delay someone's journey in order to rest, refuel, do repairs, or change vehicles. Used chiefly in the passive: Because it was snowing, we were laid over in Albany for four hours.
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When Poppy spills this secret to her siblings during a layover at LAX, rebellion ensues.
The $18 million will be decided by the City of Guelph for covering $2.5 million worth of work to prepare the Guelph Central Station for GO service, and $650,000 to build a layover facility in Kitchener.
Khan said the Wachusett Commuter Rail Extension Project, which extends the rail 4.5 miles to a new station under construction in West Fitchburg, and a layover station in Westminster are on track, along with improvements to the station in North Leominster.
My girlfriend went on vacation, remained incommunicado for a week, then phoned during a layover at a Midwestern airport and unceremoniously dumped me.
The NC-4, above, departed Newfoundland, Canada, on 16 May 1919 and arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, on 27 May 1919 after a layover in the Azores.
Add in gourmet food, nightly campfires, and a layover day to visit other nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, and relaxing.
"I had a layover at the Miami airport when I realized the business center was closed," says Taylor.
Japan's All Nippon Airways on Thursday apologized and paid compensation to four Chinese passengers who claimed that had been treated poorly by the airline's staff during a layover at the Narita airport in Japan last January.
Is it a nonstop flight or will there be a layover between connections?
You can also plan for a layover on your return journey, and time permitting, you can do a layover each way in different locales.
WESTMINSTER - Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will meet with selectmen tonight to discuss town officials' concerns over construction of a layover station at the business park off Route 2A.
Hedrick, whose flight had a layover in Pittsburgh, contacted the radio show twice, once during the layover and again while flying to Columbus.
Mix in gourmet food, a layover day to visit more lakes for swimming, fishing, and relaxing.
A layover day allows us to visit even more nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, or just relaxing.
A layover station will be constructed nearby to house inactive trains.