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in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. Chronic atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries has stopped oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart, leading to a myocardial infarction. In layman's terms, you've suffered a heart attack. I wish these software agreements would be written in layman's terms, rather than this legalese gobbledygook.
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Some people call them "seminars," Layman says, but he looks at them as educational programs.
People less familiar with the Columbia and its history might not immediately appreciate how the river basin was transformed thanks to the treaty dams; they might not see the scale of the changes that motivated Layman to embark on this impossibly complex project.
Stepped up to Group 1 level, Layman ran second as favourite to Divine Proportions in the Prix Morny before finishing a close third to Oratorio in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere.
Makeshift centre-forward Layman excelled in an unfamiliar role spearheading the Durham attack and proved to be too hot to handle for the Whitley Bay defence.
Tony Layman, second left, and his team after a race
I refer to the case of McKenzie (1970), a Court of Appeal decision which confirmed the right of a layman to have a helper in court who can take notes, quietly make suggestions and give advice, but cannot address the court or take part in the proceedings as an advocate.
HIGHLY STRUNG: Litz, above, Layman, right, Strecker, left, and Hoang, far left AP PHOTO
THE LAYMAN THOUGHT that yaw, pitch, and roll were what you're supposed to do if you catch on fire.
Firearms history authority George Layman draws upon his considerable expertise in "The British Bulldog Revolver: The Forgotten Gun That Really Won The West", to showcase a very special pistol in great detail and documents its importance in the American west and elsewhere.
Trickler is a Christian layman with an interest in history, particularly the history of Christianity.
Marty's daughter, Jody Layman, and friend Jack Fraser have been sent cash by locals and strangers to get her home and pay for her care.
But for store owner Matt Layman, carrying on the traditions established by his grandfather are important at Layman's Hardware in Springdale, Ark.
Guest curator and author Layman has combined striking b&w photographs, dating from the 1880s to 2003, with maps, poetry and written excerpts from 25 regional writers and historians to create a beautiful portrait of the Columbia River.
Matt Layman opened a 4,000-SF satellite Layman's General Hardware store in Bentonville on March 16.
WEST BRIDGEWATER, MASSACHUSETTS) -- Millrock, manufacturers of modular casework and refrigerated food cases for specialty retailers, recently named Timothy Layman as a sales executive.