Definition of lay something on in US English:

lay something on

phrasal verb

informal
  • Require (someone) to endure or deal with a responsibility or difficulty.

    ‘this is an absurdly heavy guilt trip to lay on anyone’
    • ‘Hoffman lays the main responsibility on historians who, as I mentioned, are so wary of economics.’
    • ‘He says it is not fair to lay the entire responsibility on the group, since others may have been involved.’
    • ‘She explains that American women are fortunate because our culture values the family and lays responsibilities on men so women can safely have children.’
    • ‘The participants felt the campaign should lay an equal emphasis on eliminating factors responsible for failure of poor rural families to impart education to their children.’
    • ‘He repeated his promise that his department was going to take responsibility for laying criminal charges on behalf of the boys if their parents did not do so.’
    • ‘And that's one thing - when the administration tries to lay this responsibility on the military to make the decision - that's not who makes the decision to go to war.’