Definition of deep-laid in English:



  • (of a scheme) elaborate and secret.

    ‘a deep-laid plot’
    • ‘However, the Senhouses' deep-laid plans were decidedly at odds with the Lowthers' ambitions for Whitehaven, and as early as 1699 they were encouraging coal shipments from the Ellen to Dublin.’
    • ‘It allowed him, and the scores of men like him who litigated over quarrels like this, to make use of deep-laid linguistic and cultural meanings of masculinity.’
    • ‘Crucially, she does not inform us as to whether his leaving the gun and the wadding with his name on it was the consequence of panic or a deep-laid plan.’
    • ‘I recognise that it is sometimes easy when enmeshed in a dispute to attribute deep-laid cynical plans to the other party, but I do not think that that analysis is likely.’