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lay together

1. Of two or more people or things, to lie or recline alongside one another. (A common miswording of "lie together.") We laid together in the grass, watching the clouds pass by overhead. All of the timber we'll need is laying together in a pile behind the shed.
2. euphemism, old-fashioned Of two people, to have sexual intercourse. (A common miswording of "lie together.") He kept trying to spread rumors around school that he and Jill had lain together at the party, but everyone knew it wasn't true. This was back in the time when a woman could face public shaming and condemnation for laying together with a man before marrying him.
3. To place two or more people or things in a reclining position alongside one another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lay" and "together." Just lay those beams together in the bed of the truck so we can haul them away later. We had to lay the wounded soldiers together in groups of four because of how crowded the medical hall had become.
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lay something together

to lay things side by side. Lay all the logs together and stack them as high as you can. Lay the red ones together and put all the others over there in a pile.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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For between the two rows of these domestic dummies lay something more interesting than most of the mechanics of the world.
But in the middle of them all, exactly where the paper with the red ink had lain, there lay something that looked like red ink spilt out of its bottle.
On their shoulders they bore a stretcher, and upon the stretcher lay something wrapped about with raw ox-hides, and bound round with rimpis.
For underpinning all these great ideas and technological-envelope pushing lay something of substance - music, quality music, in great venues (mostly the Empire Music Hall though).
I wonder how much this anxiety was still with her whilst researching this topic and writing the book or perhaps it was in the writing of the book that she could lay something to rest?
"I know it's Christmas but it really is an important thing for the city and I really think they should lay something on for them."
We're all here for a short time and I wanted to lay something concrete for future generations to continue with and leave something behind.
"They try to lay something called sectarianism on us.
There lay something to mull over for Martinez, who afterwards chided his side for being too nervy and rushed in the closing stages.
If we are trying to back or lay something we put our order into the market, this takes money off the table and if there isn't enough to fill new orders the price will move.
The Jets take on San Diego Chargers in tonight's AFC Divisional Playoff game, and Ryan said: "When you lay something like that out in front of your players I think they can visualise that and they say, 'Hey, we can get this done.' "We really don't care what people think about it.
And while we're on the subject of the Italians and the French, let me lay something to rest right now.
Lay, on the other hand, does take a direct object; it means to place or put something, as in to lay something down.
The final meaning derived from E is meaning I (to lay something or somebody down), a non-pronominal transitive variant of E.
But behind the picture-perfect image lay something far more complex.