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Lay it on thick

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lay it on thick to flatter or praise extravagantly
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Quotations

  • Samuel Butler
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    “The advantage of doing one's praising for oneself is that one can lay it on so thick and exactly in the right places.”

Idioms

Lay it on thick - If someone lays it on thick, they make an emotion or experience seem more important or serious than it really is.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thicce; cog. with Ger. dick.

Usage

In literature:

Curse them, and lay it on thick.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
That's why I always lay it on pretty thick in the firm's letters.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Lay it on thick about what a good citizen he is.
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage...." by Gordon Randall Garrett
That's laying it on too thick.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
No, really it is laying it on just a little too thick.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
Say anything you like, as long as you lay it on thick, and I'll back you up.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
Freshly fallen snow lay thick on the Cats' Bridge; there were no footprints in it, but they might easily have been obliterated.
"Regina or the Sins of the Fathers" by Hermann Sudermann
They are frequently repelled by laying a thick coat of tar on the bottom of the troughs, and sprinkling it with salt.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
Some of my readers may complain that I am "laying it on rather thick," and ask "Why shouldn't he be quiet and unobtrusive?
"The Exploits and Triumphs, in Europe, of Paul Morphy, the Chess Champion" by Frederick Milnes Edge
The dew lay thick on the grass and the brambles, and it was very cold.
"The Enchanted Castle" by E. Nesbit
The dust lay thick on it.
"The Gateless Barrier" by Lucas Malet
It lay thick on Sharkey's neck and cheek.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
I used to lay it on thick in hopes that a little would soak in.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post
He'd always sort of stick up for him, when he thought I was laying it on too thick.
"Menotah" by Ernest G. Henham
I will lay it on thick and threefold.
"The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
To make it, take a board of hard, wood, well seasoned, and lay on it a coat of thick varnish.
"St. Nicholas Vol. XIII, September, 1886, No. 11" by Various
Dickens, Carlyle, Tennyson lay it on thick with sentiment.
"Atlantic Classics, Second Series" by Henry C. Merwin
At the same time I don't like to see you laying it on too thick.
"Poor Relations" by Compton Mackenzie
Lay it on thick, Jack; I'll take my turn in the morning!
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
But it is very difficult to lay on strokes of uniform thickness with them.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder
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In poetry:

Inch-thick the dust lay on the ground
For it had long been droughty weather;
So with his staff the cripple wrought
Among the dust till he had brought
The half-pennies together.
"Andrew Jones" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Jethro Tull 's Ian Anderson lays it on 'Thick' again.
Yep, we're laying it on thick.
Ryan Lochte Should Stick to Swimming, and André Leon Talley Lays It on Thick at Ralph Lauren.
Laying It on Thick Philadelphia Cream Cheese changes its marketing recipe By Robert Klara.
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