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lay aside

1. To physically move something out of the way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." I laid aside the book I had been reading and went downstairs to see what had happened. She has real trouble laying her phone aside for more than a few minutes at a time.
2. To stop doing something temporarily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." Can't we lay aside the arguing and have a civil dinner for once?
3. To abandon or forsake some pursuit or goal. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." When my kids were younger, I chose to lay my career aspirations aside and become a stay-at-home dad.
4. To save or keep something for future use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "aside." You should lay aside part of each paycheck and put it into a retirement fund.
See also: aside, lay

lay away

1. verb To bury in the ground someone who has died. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lay" and "away." I still can't believe we're about to lay our father away tomorrow. When they lay me away, I want the whole affair to be a joyous one. I want it to be a time of celebration, not mourning.
2. verb To hold something on behalf of someone else for future collection or delivery. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lay" and "away." They said they'll lay the carpet away for me, and I can pay the remaining $100 when they deliver it next week. If you call us ahead of time, we can lay away any item you want so that it won't be sold before you arrive.
3. verb To save or reserve something, especially money, for future use. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "away." If you can even lay away $100, it will go a long way toward paying off the loan.
4. noun The reservation of an item of merchandise after the customer pays a partial deposit with the retailer. More commonly spelled as a single word ("layaway"); also sometimes hyphenated. They said I can buy the sofa on lay away, and they'll deliver it as soon as I'm able to pay the remaining balance.
See also: away, lay


The act of purchasing something by paying for it in increments over time. Once the full price has been paid, the purchaser can take possession of the item. Usually used in the phrase "on layaway." A: "You can't afford an expensive necklace like this!" B: "Sure I can—especially since I bought it on layaway."

put (something) in layaway

To reserve some piece of merchandise by paying for a portion of it upfront and having it delivered when the remainder has been paid. They said I can put the sofa in layaway, and then I'll be able to have it delivered after I get my end-of-year bonus.
See also: layaway, put
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lay someone away

Euph. to bury someone. Yes, he has passed. We laid him away last week. He laid away his uncle in a simple ceremony.
See also: away, lay

lay something aside

to set something aside; to place something to one side, out of the way. He laid his papers aside and went out to welcome the visitor. He laid aside his papers.
See also: aside, lay

lay something away (for someone)

to put something in storage for someone to receive at a later time. (Often said of a purchase that is held until it is paid for.) Please lay this away for me. I'll pay for it when I have the money. Please lay away this coat until I can get the money together.
See also: away, lay

put something in layaway

 and put something in will-call
to purchase something by paying part of the price initially, and not receiving the goods until all the money has been paid. I couldn't afford a winter coat right now, so I picked one out and put it in layaway. Please put this in will-call. I'll pay for it next month.
See also: layaway, put
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lay aside

1. Give up, abandon, as in He laid aside all hopes of winning first prize. [First half of 1400s]
2. Also, lay away; lay by. Set apart for a reason, save for the future, as in They lay aside enough to pay the rent, or Because coffee prices were rising, she laid by enough for a month, or The store laid away the winter coat I wanted. [Early 1700s] The first variant gave rise, about 1970, to the term layaway plan, in which merchandise is laid away for a buyer who pays a deposit and receives it when payment is made in full. Also see lay down, def. 4; set aside.
See also: aside, lay
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

lay aside

1. To stop being actively engaged with something: I will lay aside my reading and go for a walk when I finish this chapter. The lifeguard laid the binoculars aside and jumped in the water.
2. To abandon something, especially a plan, hope, or desire; give up something: The marooned sailors had lain aside any hope of being saved. When the loan fell through, they laid their plans of buying a house aside.
3. To save something for the future: I lay aside part of my paycheck every week to save for a new car. Let's lay part of your allowance aside to pay for the movies.
See also: aside, lay

lay away

1. To reserve something for the future; save something: I'm laying away $500 just in case my car ever breaks down. The bride laid the dishes away for her trousseau.
2. To have something held for future delivery, especially by paying partly for it beforehand: I gave the salesman a check for $100, and he laid the carpet away for me. The manager laid away the oven until we could get to the store.
See also: away, lay
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The Facebook post read: "If you have layaways at Toys R Us at Teesside we have been informed that, due to their financial difficulties and planned closure of 25 warehouse stores, layaways are no longer safe.
During her earlier trip to the Framingham store, she said, she paid about $2,000 to settle layaway accounts.
By offering their layaway solution across a large network of merchants, eLayaway is able to spread the cost of development across multiple merchants, making their layaway solutions more affordable and accessible to smaller and medium-sized retailers.
The company has seen roughly $400 million in layaway orders already, after starting the process in mid-September, a month earlier than it did when it brought the service back in 2011.
"I realized that shopping online could be made responsible and fun at the same time if people were given the option of using layaway to shop at their favorite online stores."
An aide told me that she gave another staffer $200 to get her family's Christmas out of layaway, not knowing if she would ever be repaid.
The company led by hedge fund financier Edward Lampert has launched a major campaign to win over holiday shoppers _ with measures like its new Christmas Club cash savings card good at Sears and Kmart stores _ and capitalize on last year"s successful holiday layaway program.
For this reason, she is willing to layaway any item for anyone, as long as they can put a few dollars down.
And if that isn't enough to cheer about, it might be heartening to note that layaway is back.
I wanted to buy a leather jacket for myself that was $75, and I think I had it on layaway for months."
Common problems that have sequential cost implications include renting furniture, buying furniture on layaway or simply going without furniture.
Examples of lift applications include moving pallets from loading docks to stockrooms, items from layaway storage to the pick up counter, and palletized or boxed loads from the stockroom to the sales floor.
I'm really happy that we didn't have to say," Johnson, 50, a layaway manager at Wal-Mart, said of the Maris family.
She doesn't even have the money to buy it--she has it on layaway. You know how our people love to look the part without keeping it real.