Definition of lay (or put) it on the line in English:

lay (or put) it on the line

phrase

  • Speak frankly.

    ‘I'm going to have to lay it on the line, tell them what really has been happening’
    • ‘The chairman of the England Cricket Board laid it on the line today saying: ‘This has been a disaster for cricket.’’
    • ‘If the cancer had been discovered when I was married and had kids, then the surgeon would have laid it on the line, giving me time to make the sort of arrangements one would have to make in those circumstances.’
    • ‘We laid it on the line to the players just what our expectations were, and offered to release anyone from their contracts who didn't buy into our vision.’
    • ‘During his appearance on David Letterman's show, the CBS news anchor laid it on the line.’
    • ‘But Sundin's teammates credit him with turning the season around by holding a team meeting in which the soft-spoken captain laid it on the line.’
    • ‘You have to pick the right time to make a stand and to lay it on the line and tell a player or a team that their performance is unacceptable.’
    • ‘However, rather than giving some lame excuse for his non-participation, he's decided to lay it on the line.’
    • ‘Anderson has laid it on the line to his players - if their performance isn't acceptable, they're out.’
    • ‘I love guys that lay it on the line and say what they have to say and don't mince words.’
    • ‘People who can't take a hint are people who can't take a hint - so I advise you to lay it on the line.’
    speak frankly, be direct, speak honestly, pull no punches, be blunt, not mince one's words, call a spade a spade
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