"Lay on"

Friday, October 21st, 2016 12:36 pm
lethargic_man: (linguistics geekery)
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The German for to pick an argument with someone is sich anlegen. This is not the sense in which we use "lay on" in English today, but I wonder whether it once was: "Lay on, Macduff!"

Date: 2016-10-21 11:37 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
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In English one can lay into someone...

Date: 2016-10-21 04:02 pm (UTC)
ewx: (Default)
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Also OED lay, v.1 32a 'to lay on or upon: to attack vigorously, to beat soundly', and maybe it's been used figuratively from time to time...

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