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in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In layman's terms, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in layman's terms, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
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You only have to look at Tesco and Sainsbury's where so-called restructuring is taking place - in laymen's terms redundancies - where over 2,000 jobs will be cut in pursuit of larger profits.
During his time at CMI, Kay has been the lead coordinator and instructor for hundreds of courses and remains well recognized and respected throughout the industry for his ability to interpret complex metallurgical data, particularly in the areas of gating and risering technology and casting defect identification and analysis, and relate the information in laymen's terms to a wide variety of audiences.
While the book is not exactly written in laymen's terms, anyone who has the confidence to select their own stocks should be able to understand its concepts with no problem.
When scientists were working on the Hubble telescope, they created, in laymen's terms, a super--sensitive camera.
Using USDA grant money, Mason also produced a video that explains food safety principles and irradiation in laymen's terms. Both the curriculum and the video target general consumer audiences, including civic groups, upper-level high school science classes and family and consumer science classes.
In laymen's terms, it makes software to control Internet traffic, content and security and helps limit bandwidth congestion and speed up servers.
Irene Schaefer, executive at large for Springfield ReManufacturing Corp., recalls this as a particularly hard lesson for one of the company's division controllers: "He just couldn't loosen up." Barton adds, "The operations people spent hours and hours with him, actually teaching him to speak in laymen's terms. They did not allow themselves to be intimidated by his use of accounting jargon.