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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

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LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Nobody's perfect, and that's the cliche that comes to mind when thinking about Ford's character: Frank Bascombe, hero of the trilogy comprising The Sportswriter (1986), Independence Day (1995), and, late last year, The Lay of the Land.
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The CEO needs to be committed to the project and invest hands-on time, visiting India or China to get the "lay of the land," and becoming involved with the selection process by making final site visits and talking to customers.
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"As Guam natives, their familiarity with the lay of the land and working relationship with industry partners from the area contributed to the success of our mission," said Lowe.
Executives are expected to plug into their markets, get the lay of the land and work hard to make a relatively generic product--a cola drink--seem culturally indispensable, no matter who in the world is buying it.
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfield said yesterday: "These folks, they know the lay of the land.
To others, the lay of the land is refreshing, fascinating, and worthy of endless contemplation.