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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." Can't you lay aside some of these toys so that we can walk through the living room?
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.
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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.
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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.
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lay aside

v.
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.
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The increasingly widespread use of the credit card doomed layaway plans.
The store offers a two-week layaway plan for items over $100 with a 20 percent deposit.
A three-month layaway plan is available with a 20 percent deposit.
Layaway plans offered by department stores, where a customer makes a partial payment for a product that is put aside for them, are very similar.
Layaway plans are available, and they are willing to work with customers on an individualized basis to find a plan that best suit their needs.
Layaway plans let consumers pay over time for holiday gifts.
Major retailers are pushing more attractive layaway plans to lure shoppers into stores.
The problem, however, is that most layaway plans come with interest.
Of course, layaway plans, especially with services charges attached (Walmart is limiting it to electronics and toys, Sears has a $5 service fee and a 20% down payment and Toys 'R' Us has a $10 service fee and 20% down payment, according to 'The New York Times) are not enough to kick start an economy that has been battered for three years and remains closer to totally imploding than recovery anytime soon.
Layaway plans are nothing new, but TRU's Christmas Savers Club--its first--encourages shoppers to set aside money starting this summer through October 16th.
It would provide for the comprehensive regulation of the issuance of credit, giving the Federal Reserve regulatory authority over credit card and mortgage companies, and even over the hundreds of firms that issue gift cards or offer layaway plans.
Car-Mart can do this by offering its own in-house financing and tailoring it to meet the needs of its clients, often in the form of low down payments, layaway plans and accepting trades on electronics and household appliances.
s Kmart division has gotten some traction during the recession by reviving consumer interest in layaway plans.