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English definition of “lay sth on the line”

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lay sth on the line

to risk harm to something: I'd be laying my career/life on the line by giving you that information. informal to say very clearly that something is the case: You're just going to have to lay it on the line and tell her that her work's not good enough.
(Definition of lay sth on the line from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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