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lie of the land

noun, Chiefly British Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The lie of the land was such that the proposed meeting-place had the lake upon the one side and the forest upon the other.
  • The lie of the land matters, too: fire runs uphill more readily than it goes down.

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