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“lay sth on” in British English

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lay sth on

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

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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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)