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English definition of “lay sth on”

lay sth on

(TELL) mainly US slang phrasal verb with lay     /leɪ/ verb (laid)
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 .Announcing, informing and stating
(Definition of lay sth on (TELL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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