One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Beat or attack someone violently.‘they weren't against laying about you with sticks and stones’
- ‘Dancers, casting aside their cloaks, revealed themselves as lightly armored fighters who drew all manner of weapons and began laying about them with a will.’
- ‘The guards laid about them, striking men and women with the flats of their swords.’
- ‘They laid about him with the back of their axes and overwhelmed him with stones and (thigh) bones and ox heads.’
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