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lay-by

n
1. Brit a place for drivers to stop at the side of a main road
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical an anchorage in a narrow waterway, away from the channel
3. (Railways) a small railway siding where rolling stock may be stored or parked
4. (Commerce) Austral and NZ and South African a system of payment whereby a buyer pays a deposit on an article, which is reserved until he or she has paid the full price
vb (adverb)
5. (tr) to set aside or save for future needs
6. (Nautical Terms) Also: lay to to cause (a sailing vessel) to stop in open water or (of a sailing vessel) to stop
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lay-by - designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarilylay-by - designated paved area beside a main road where cars can stop temporarily
area - a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; "the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"
Translations

lay-by

[ˈleɪbaɪ] N (Aut) → área f de descanso, área f de estacionamiento

lay-by

[ˈleɪˌbaɪ] n (Brit) (Aut) → piazzola (di sosta)

lay1

(lei) past tense, past participle laid (leid) verb
1. to place, set or put (down), often carefully. She laid the clothes in a drawer / on a chair; He laid down his pencil; She laid her report before the committee.
2. to place in a lying position. She laid the baby on his back.
3. to put in order or arrange. She went to lay the table for dinner; to lay one's plans / a trap.
4. to flatten. The animal laid back its ears; The wind laid the corn flat.
5. to cause to disappear or become quiet. to lay a ghost / doubts.
6. (of a bird) to produce (eggs). The hen laid four eggs; My hens are laying well.
7. to bet. I'll lay five pounds that you don't succeed.
ˈlayer noun
1. a thickness or covering. The ground was covered with a layer of snow; There was a layer of clay a few feet under the ground.
2. something which lays, especially a hen. a good layer.
verb
to put, cut or arrange in layers. She had her hair layered by the hairdresser.
ˈlayabout noun
a lazy, idle person.
ˈlay-byplural ˈlay-bys noun
especially in Britain, a short extra part at the side of a road for people to stop their cars in, out of the way of the traffic.
ˈlayout noun
the manner in which something is displayed or laid out. the layout of the building.
laid up
ill in bed. When I caught flu, I was laid up for a fortnight.
lay aside
to put away or to one side, especially to be used or dealt with at a later time. She laid the books aside for later use.
lay bare
to show clearly; to expose to view. They dug up the road and laid bare the water-pipe; Shy people don't like to lay bare their feelings.
lay by
to put away for future use. She laid by a store of tinned vegetables.
lay down
1. to give up. They laid down their arms; The soldiers laid down their lives in the cause of peace.
2. to order or instruct. The rule book lays down what should be done in such a case.
3. to store. My father laid down a good stock of wine which I am now drinking.
lay (one's) hands on
1. to find or be able to obtain. I wish I could lay (my) hands on that book!
2. to catch. The police had been trying to lay hands on the criminal for months.
lay in
to get and store a supply of. I've laid in an extra stock of drinks for Christmas.
lay low
to make ill. I was laid low by flu, just before my exams.
lay off
to dismiss (employees) temporarily. Because of a shortage of orders, the firm has laid off a quarter of its workforce.
lay on
to provide. The staff laid on a tea party for the pupils.
lay out
1. to arrange over a wide area (especially according to a plan). He was the architect who laid out the public gardens.
2. to spread so as to be easily seen. He laid out the contents of the box on the table.
3. to knock unconscious.
4. to spend (money).
5. to prepare (a dead body) to be buried.
lay up
1. to keep or store. We laid up a good supply of apples this year from our own trees.
2. to put (a ship) out of use in a dock.
lay waste
to make (a piece of land) into barren country by burning and plundering.

lay needs an object and has laid as its past tense and past participle: He (had) laid his book down ; He will be laying his proposals before the committee tomorrow .
lie takes no object and has lying as its present participle, lay as its past tense and lain as its past participle: Please lie down ; He lay down ; He had lain there for hours .
lie , to be untruthful, has lying as its present participle, and lied as its past tense and past participle: She (has always) lied about her age .
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APPROXIMATELY two years ago our wonderful council spent a fortune on re-arranging the bottom of Taylor Hill Road and built a bus lay-by there.
Furthermore, a bus stop post has been placed at the bottom of the lay-by and I'm assuming that if drivers were ever asked why they didn't pull in that this would be the reason that they would use and also that the lay-by is of a terrible design.
A new lay-by will be built in the village centre - despite objections.