One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pass the ball to a teammate.‘Jules laid the ball off to the striker’
- ‘They passed to each other, they ran past each other, they laid the ball off to each other.’
- ‘No forward likes to have someone on top of them, they just end up laying the ball off with passes.’
- ‘The 20-year-old opened the scoring in the 27th minute when he intelligently held the ball up before laying it off for Sunderland's talismanic midfielder.’
- ‘The second red should have been for an elbow to the head after he'd laid the ball off.’
- ‘He lays the ball off to Heskey, who drives a useless cross against the legs of the nearest Swedish defender.’
2Paint the final layer on a wall or other surface.‘lay off the paint with very light brush strokes’
- ‘When it comes to laying the paint off to ensure no brush marks are left behind I always use the following analogy when training people to paint’
- ‘After applying by roller, laying off the paint with a brush or pad will give you an improved finish.’
- ‘When you get good at this, you can quickly reverse each consecutive pass to lay the paint off in one direction.’
3(of a bookmaker) insure against a loss resulting from a large bet by placing a similar bet with another bookmaker.
- ‘This scenario will happen to you and the trick is to accept it, lay the bet off and accept a small loss and then move onto your next trade.’
- ‘Even then you had to wait whilst he phoned and laid the bet off before they accepted it.’
- ‘Any sensible fella would have laid the bet off by now, guaranteeing him a fair wedge.’
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