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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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Whether you call it institutional or individual, agency-requested, these will all be revisions of, or in lay man's terms, insertions in the national budget,' the lawmaker told reporters in an interview.
"Probable cause in lay man's terms is 'something that may lead a reasonable man to believe that indeed a crime is probably committed.' But instead of doing just that, the panel arrogated upon itself the functions of the court--that is evaluating the sufficiency of evidence," explained Barbers.
In lay man's terms, a smart grid is a small automated grid within the main grid.
"I guess in lay man's terms they're doing whatever they can to try and control it and see if he can get back into the paddock."
Aston have taken an 1.0-litre iQ and in lay man's terms stuck on a fancy grille, bespoke leather interior, new rear lights and mods.
In lay man's terms, while many contemplated losing 100s of Euros or pounds when trying to make just one, a single, and very hopeful, individual made himself nearly EUR8,000 for a relatively small outlay of EUR8.