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LAYMAN, eccl. law. One who is not an ecclesiastic nor a clergyman.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As Norman Brennan says, the law needs explaining in layman terms - with due regard to the feelings of fright, outrage and anger someone might experience when faced with an intruder in the middle of the night.
Well, in layman terms it means you go head over heals at least once, maybe twice completing an entire compass full of degrees at a fairly high rate of speed.
Thou Shalt make sure the interviewee can talk in layman terms.