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Lay by the Heels (To)

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To render powerless. The allusion is to the stocks, in which vagrants and other petty offenders were confined by the ankles, locked in what was called the stocks, common, at one time, to well-nigh every village in the land.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Lawn
Lawn-market (The)
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Lawyer’s Bags
Lay Brothers
Lay Figures
Lay Out (To)
Lay about One (To)
Lay by the Heels (To)
Lay of the Last Minstrel
Lay to One’s Charge (To)
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Layers-over for Meddlers
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Lazarists
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Lazarone
Lazarus
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