1. a piece, a portion, e.g. a lay of pannum, a piece of bread.
|Life 49: We had a weighty lay of them that same evening.|
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|Up and Down 61: He offered me a ‘tenth lay,’ i.e. a tenth of the entire profits.|
|Autobiog. 7: My want of knowledge of the flash kanes, where I might fence my snib’d lays.|