lay together

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. old-fashioned euphemism 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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The three other victims fell nearly four thousand feet, and their bodies lay together upon the glacier when found by Mr.
Here, now, are two great whales, laying their heads together; let us join them, and lay together our own.
Soldiers and slaves lay together, torn and mangled, around and over the wreckage of the automobiles and guns.
Old Uncle Venner was just coming out of his door, with a wood-horse and saw on his shoulder; and, trudging along the street, he scrupled not to keep company with Phoebe, so far as their paths lay together; nor, in spite of his patched coat and rusty beaver, and the curious fashion of his tow-cloth trousers, could she find it in her heart to outwalk him.
Kaitlynn and Miley were pictured kissing and holding hands as they lay together on a sunlounger on holiday in Lake Como just after the singer's split from husband Liam Hemsworth was announced.
At the time, she was a student at Harvard University, and he said that they kissed 'under the centuries-old oak trees' and lay together in her dorm bed.
Maud was at home resting on her bed as the babies lay together in a nearby cot - there was only one cot as she had not realised she would be having twins.
"The musicians and DJ will lay together at some points," said Taylor.
The dead and wounded lay together often in a congealed mass of blood amid the choking gas, which gave everything a greenish pallor.
Strathcarron business development fundraiser Claire MacDonald said: "We understand how difficult it can be for families who find themselves no longer able to sleep in the same bed, lay together or cuddle up on the sofa and watch a movie.
The director calls Michelle up for a date, and as they lay together in bed their banter seems even more comfortable and flirty, until Michelle realizes it's the first time she's slept with a man since Hubbell, at which point she dissolves into the hysterical tears she kind of forgot to cry right after the death.
The man allegedly told investigators he hid the knife under his pillow, asked for sex and afterwards they showered and lay together on the bed.
HONEYMOONING in Harlech, Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts decided their future life lay together in North Wales.