1. (US) to knock someone unconscious.
|Song Smith 85: So they sent out of hand for the clargy to lay him, / But Pat laid the clargy, and then ran away.|
|in Spirit of the Times (N.Y.) 9 July 162: You’ll lay him cold as a wagon tire [HDAS].|
|Sporting Times 3 May 1/5: NO HORSEPOUTS. PUT UP YOUR DOOKS. ME LAY YOU! GARN.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 291: He [...] imagined himself just walking up to them one by one, and laying them cold.Young Manhood in|
2. (US black) to idle, to relax, to spend time with.
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 5: I laid cool. Even my breathing was cool.|
|Jones Men 16: I don’t mind laying a minute for that white-bag shit.|
|Cocaine True 136: She lay out with them dummies who shoot drugs.|
3. (US black) to over-indulge in drugs or drink to such an extent that one is laid on one’s back.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|