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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lay on the line mean? 

  The verb LAY ON THE LINE has 1 sense:

1. expose to a chance of loss or damage

  Familiarity information: LAY ON THE LINE used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1lay on the line [BACK TO TOP]


Expose to a chance of loss or damage

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


lay on the line; put on the line; risk

Context examples:

We risked losing a lot of money in this venture / Why risk your life? / She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong

Hypernyms (to "lay on the line" is one way to...):

assay; attempt; essay; seek; try (make an effort or attempt)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lay on the line"):

adventure; hazard; jeopardize; stake; venture (put at risk)

bell the cat (take a risk; perform a daring act)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

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