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Lay Figures


Wooden figures with free joints, used by artists chiefly for the study of drapery. This is a metaphorical use of lay. As divines divide the world into two parties, the ecclesiastics and the laity, so artists divide their models into two classes, the living and the lay.

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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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Law Latin
Law’s Bubble
Laws of the Medes and Persians
Lawing. (Scots.)
Lawn-market (The)
Lawrence (St.)
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)
Layers-over for Meddlers
Lazar House or Lazaretto
Lazarillo de Tormës (1553)