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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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Apart from Swan Lake and Giselle, there is no other ballet that so unmercifully lays bare the academic technique of a company, from the prima ballerina down to the newest member of the corps de ballet.
The former Prime Minister repeatedly pre-committed Britain to war without parliamentary or even Cabinet approval, as the report lays bare. This promise was made at the Crawford Ranch and at Camp David meetings according to contemporaneous notes by the few officials with whom these confidences were shared, but also in the personal notes that Blair sent Bush, with all the obsequious regularity of a medieval courtier.
Irish Hotels Federation President Matthew Ryan said: "The dramatic decline recorded in overseas visitors lays bare the decimated state of our tourism industry this year."
So the timing couldn't be better for this exemplary documentary that lays bare a tangled web of corruption and corporate greed.
Cameras leader Joel Gibb lays bare his artistic calling on "Music Is My Boyfriend," while "We Oh We" opens as a desolate folk tune and then blossoms into an arrangement full of strings.