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Lay on the table

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lay on the table to lay aside any proposed measure indefinitely, or for future discussion
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Idioms

Lay on the table - This phrase occurs in the official records of meetings or deliberations of various government bodies. If a proposal or motion is laid on the table, it is essentially a euphemism, meaning that "nothing further will be done in this matter" or "we are not going to do anything about this" or "we refuse the petition".
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. table—L. tabula, a board.

Usage

In literature:

His great finger leaped out and shook itself and lay on the table.
"Mr. Achilles" by Jennette Lee
The envelope in which Charles had placed the notes lay on the table before him.
"An African Millionaire" by Grant Allen
Celie had taken them off before her bath, and they lay on the dressing-table.
"At the Villa Rose" by A. E. W. Mason
A pile of mail lay on the table.
"The Mayor's Wife" by Anna Katherine Green
On the centre table lay a photograph album.
"True to Himself" by Edward Stratemeyer
The golden piece of paper that had been the star lay on a table beside the bed, its five points very sharp and bright.
"The Children's Book of Christmas Stories" by Various
Janet's lay on a little table close by the bedside.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
On the table in front of him lay the great mace of the Restoration.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
The little bouquet still lay on the writing-table; the young wife saw it, and with difficulty restrained her tears.
"The Burgomaster's Wife, Complete" by Georg Ebers
A clean handkerchief lay on the table at the bedside.
"Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories" by Henry Seton Merriman
One of Cassini's maps, on which could be followed the whole lay of the land, was spread on the table.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
Back in the kitchen we found Nance fully dressed and busy laying a meal on the table.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
On the table, near Helen's rose-tree, which he bent over wistfully, lay a letter.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
His hat and stick lay on the table.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
A valise, packed and strapped, lay on the table.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
The packet of books, unopened, lay on his writing-table.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A couple of books lay on the table.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
A travelling-cloak and a passport-case lay on the table.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Gordon lay in the hammock, Lovelace reposed with his feet on the table.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
A belt with a scabbarded revolver lay on the table.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
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In poetry:

They lay her on the table,
The students began to laugh;
And Mr. Rose the surgeon
He cut Miss Gee in half.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Till at last, all seemed to hold good cards.
And the card shark winked at cunning pards.
A "cold deck" deftly was brought in play,
And a great stake on the table lay.
"Bill Springer's Hand" by Frank Maynard
'Number four—the girl who died on the table—
The girl with golden hair—'
The purpling body lies on the polished marble.
We open the throat, and lay the thyroid bare . . .
"The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10:" by Conrad Potter Aiken
In a small and lonely cabin out of noisy traffic's way,
Sat an old man, bent and feeble, dusk of face, and hair of gray,
And beside him on the table, battered, old, and worn as he,
Lay a banjo, droning forth this reminiscent melody:
"The Voice Of The Banjo" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

A "Don't Tread on Me" baseball cap lays on a table Tuesday night at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.
T hey lay facedown on the tables, side by side, their naked buttocks covered by soft white towels, a fat scented candle burning near their heads.
Lay It on the Table, featuring Lucinda Williams.
Lay the fabric horizontally on a table.
It lay before me in a buff folder on the office table of a senior Foreign Office archivist.
Berglund then posted on her Twitter account this picture of Hef laying prone on a table in the mansion.
Richmond table tennis star aims to lay it all on the table at Summer Games.
THE GODFREY SHOW — Oxford Town columnist Steven Godfrey lays it all out on the table as he ushers out the disappointing 2009-10 Rebel basketball season and welcomes in Rebel baseball and spring football.
Let's just lay our cards on the table: Folger Theatre's new "Macbeth" is a blast.
The aesthetician rubbed a silky cleansing milk over my face in circular motions as I lay on a pop-up table in my St Bart's villa.
Lay the sweater on a table, move the comb flush against the sweater, being careful not to hook the sweater itself, and gently lift the pills away.
In what has become as big a tradition than the game itself, the Sooners did not lay all their offensive chips on the table for the annual finale to spring practice.
Four finalists lay it all on the table for VC Investors at the DigitalUnDivided #FOCUS100 Pitch Bootcamp & Symposium.
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In science:

We must explain why this evolution probabilities −→ f acts (or if you prefer prophesy → history ) occurs towards the future and not the toward the past. i.-The dice is laying on the table at time −T and we know exactly which one of its faces is up.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
If you lay the paper down on a table, you can’t stretch it along the direction of the paper (it would tear).
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
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