lay out on

lay out on (someone or something)

To spend or invest a certain (typically large) amount of money on a particular person or thing. A noun or pronoun is used either before or after "out." But with students or their parents laying out tens of thousands of dollars on college tuitions, many have begun to question how necessary those degrees are in the first place. I'm not keen to lay several hundred dollars out on a house we're only renting.
See also: lay, on, out

lay something out on someone or something

 and lay something out for someone or something
Fig. to spend an amount of money on someone or something. We laid out nearly ten thousand dollars on that car. We laid a fortune out on the children.
See also: lay, on, out