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lay vb. (4 only once in S., but common in literature from the 14th cent. and app. not regarded as a solecism in the 17th and 18th)
1. to bury Tw.N. II. iv. 52 “in sad cypress let me be laid,” H8 IV. ii. 22 “to lay his weary bones among ye,” Cym. IV. ii. 233 “where shall's lay him?.”
2. to beset with traps 2H6 IV. i. 4 “all the country is laid for me.”
3. to stake, wager LLL. I. i. 306 “I'll lay my head to any good man's hat,” Tw.N. III. iv. 225 “I have . . . laid mine honour too unchary on't” (mod. edd. “out”), Troil. III. i. 97 “lay my life,” Ham. V. ii. 106 “laid a great wager.”
4. to lie Compl. 4 “And down I laid to list the sad-tun'd tale.”
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.2
    • William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Second Part of Henry VI, 4.1
    • William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Or what you will, 2.4
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