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Layers-over for Meddlers


Nothing that concerns you. A reproof to inquisitive children who want to know what a person is doing or making, when the person so engaged does not think proper to inform them. A “layer-over” is a whip or slap. And a “layer-over for meddlers” is a whip or chastise—for those who meddle with what does not concern them.

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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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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
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Lazy Lobkin (A)
Lazy Man’s Load
Lazyland (Gone to)