lay over

Idioms & Phrases

lay over

  1. Postpone, as in This issue will have to be laid over until our next meeting. [Late 1800s]

  2. Make a stop in the course of a journey, as in They had to lay over for two days in New Delhi until the next flight to Katmandu. This sense gave rise to the noun lay-over for such a stopover. [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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