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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.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

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.

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The actor was sacked from his pounds 120,000-a-year role as layabout Les Battersby after a booze and racism scandal last year.
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WHEN an old school chum goes missing, layabout Lance Bradley is persuaded by his family to make a few inquiries.
A public relations professional, Helen (Paltrow) loses her job one morning and, after taking the London subway home, catches her layabout novelist boyfriend, Gerry (John Lynch), making love to his supposedly ex-girlfriend, Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn).
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Why should hard-working people hand over what they have worked for, just so some layabout can buy drugs?
Andy Capp is a musical journey through the life, loves traumas, headaches and laughs of the famous little cartoon layabout, made famous by Reg Smythe.
A thirtysomething layabout moves in with his newlywed best friend who soon regrets his offer of hospitality.
So what if Joe's a layabout who wears a striped shirt and says "my arse" a lot?
The film, called Stitched, tells the story of an iron-fisted truant officer and an unemployable layabout, who is plotting the downfall of the council worker.
With Jason away on a job in Leeds, layabout love rat Karl tries to worm his way back into the Price family and then makes a grab for his ex Stella (above).