Definition of how the land lies in English:

how the land lies

phrase

British
  • What the situation is.

    ‘let's keep it to ourselves until we see how the land lies’
    • ‘Let's see how the land lies after Grafton Street opens, OK?’
    • ‘You know what you're doing here, you know how the land lies.’
    • ‘Your response counts, because it tells them, and the BBC how the land lies.’
    • ‘He's had a hand in one long-standing magazine and one that went under, so he seemed like the perfect person to show me how the land lies in the magazine world.’
    • ‘Just to see how the land lies, I approached Dave Linley, who has been given the job of looking after the spare tickets.’
    the facts, the details, the particulars, the picture, how things stand, the lie of the land, how the land lies, the case
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