lay alongside

lay (someone or something) alongside (someone or something)

To place someone or something in a flat, resting position next to someone or something else. We laid the wounded soldier alongside his companion while we looked for a doctor. You can lay that log alongside the others.
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lie alongside (someone or something)

To rest or recline horizontally next to someone or something. There wasn't anywhere else for me to sleep, so I had to lie alongside my friend in the spare bed. I just lay alongside my poor old dog stroking his face as the vet put him to sleep.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lay something alongside (of something)

to place something next to something else, lengthwise. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Please lay the spoon alongside the knife. Find the knife and lay the spoon alongside.
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lay alongside something

[for a ship] to rest afloat next to something. The ship lay alongside a lovely island while a shore party searched for fresh water. Our ship lay alongside the narrow wooden pier.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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“If so be that the king of France had so much as a house to live in that would lay alongside of Paul’s, one might put up with their jaw.
On either side, as the path mounted, the long sweep of country broadened and expanded, sloping down on the one side through yellow forest and brown moor to the distant smoke of Lymington and the blue misty channel which lay alongside the sky-line, while to the north the woods rolled away, grove topping grove, to where in the furthest distance the white spire of Salisbury stood out hard and clear against the cloudless sky.
Prince lay alongside still and stark; his eyes half open, the hole in his chest looking scarcely large enough to have let out all that had animated him.
The sweet sounds drew nearer, and soon the boat from which they were worked lay alongside us.
In good time next morning, however, we came again in sight of the detestable morass called Cairo; and stopping there to take in wood, lay alongside a barge, whose starting timbers scarcely held together.
The rolls lay alongside a child's gas mask in a kitchen cupboard at Bishton Hall in Wolseley Bridge, Staffs.
Held in a stone box, the remains of the wolf lay alongside these golden ornaments and tools.
Lynn thought the duck that lay alongside mouli, carrots and spring onions lacked the promised crispness.
A single red rose lay alongside her green beret, her belt and her campaign medals atop the casket, carried by her comrades As she was laid to rest in Wetheral cemetery, a seven-strong firing party fired a volley of shots and a lone bugler played the Last Post.
It is, however, the most significant bout so far for Mikkel Kessler, the 28-year-old Dane - born, ironically, on St David's Day - who brings two belts, the WBC and WBA versions, to lay alongside Calzaghe's WBO strap in this battle for ultimate supremacy at super-middleweight.
A symbolic collection of 52 pairs of shoes representing each victim in the region this year lay alongside pictures of the princess.
Jewelry and other objects lay alongside some of the bodies.
Machetes, meat cleavers, axes, exotic martial arts hardware and a collection of antique letter openers lay alongside common or garden knives in the massive haul.
The coffin lay alongside white floral tributes spelling out "Michael" and "Temp", the nickname used by his friends.
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