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English definition of “lay sth on”

lay sth on

verb uk phrasal verb with lay   /leɪ/ (laid) us  

(PROVIDE)

to provide something for a group of people: They lay on free entertainment at the club every day. They laid on a wonderful buffet after the wedding.

(TELL)

mainly US slang to tell someone something they did not know: I hate to be the one to lay this on you, but your girlfriend has just left with another guy.
(Definition of lay sth on from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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