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lay sth down

phrasal verb with lay
 
 
/leɪ/ verb ( past tense and past participle laid)
MAKE RULES to officially make new rules, or to officially say how something must be done: The committee has laid down guidelines for future cases.Announcing, informing and stating
STOP FIGHTING If someone lays down their weapons, they stop fighting: It is hoped the two sides will lay down their arms and return to peace.Stopping fighting
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