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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.
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.
You can also plan for a layover on your return journey, and time permitting, you can do a layover each way in different locales.
5 million worth of work to prepare the Guelph Central Station for GO service, and $650,000 to build a layover facility in Kitchener.
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.
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.
Hedrick, whose flight had a layover in Pittsburgh, contacted the radio show twice, once during the layover and again while flying to Columbus.
Add in gourmet food, nightly campfires, and a layover day to visit other nearby lakes for swimming, fishing, and relaxing.
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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.
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Business travelers can rent a room for a few hours during a layover and take advantage of a business center open around the clock, faxes, 24-hour room service, express laundry and a mini-breakfast.
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Mix in gourmet food, a layover day to visit more lakes for swimming, fishing, and relaxing.
With a layover at the extraordinary Hole in the Wall Gang camp and a fun celebratory finish in Mystic sponsored by Mohegan Sun, we guarantee that this will be a two-day experience riders and volunteers will never forget.