lay on v.
1. (also lay) to give, e.g. money, drugs.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Aug. 9/1: Mr. Thornton’s performance [...] is quite inimitable. You can believe this. Though, having a heart about the size of a bank-clerk’s lunch, we have acquired somewhat a reputation for ‘laying on the raspberry.’.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 418: She says she will give me the wind if I do not lay something on the line.‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in|
|Really the Blues 4: Old Lady Fortune sure laid it on me when she handed me that tinny old sax.|
|Naked Lunch (1968) 182: Laid ten pieces of H on her.|
|Real Bohemia xv: lay on, to to give a gift.|
|Hell’s Angels (1967) 61: Then I pick up a couple of guys, lay a few bucks on ’em for the help, then we go out to see the punk.|
|Inner City Hoodlum 35: A means of laying some money on his parents.|
|Brown’s Requiem 192: Tell him Fritz Brown said for him to lay a grand on you.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 144: He was going to lay some heavy time on me.|
|Grits 343: Now if a laid oner these [i.e. a depressant] on yew, yurd be flat out in twenty minutes.|
|Drawing Dead [ebook] The first wad her old man had laid on me I gave mostly to her.|
2. to tell, to impose facts upon.
|Anglia VII 273: To lay sump’n’ on somebody = to accuse some one.‘Negro English’ in|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 29 Aug. 12/4: Harry Levien, M.L.A., [...] is now haunted in his business and his leisure hours by hair-lipped and fur-capped chents, who request (confidentially) to be ‘laid on.’ ‘If it’s as big as you pitch it is, Harry,’ said Boss-eyed Melchisedech, ‘you can bet the fust lot ain’t cleared out half the stuff.’.|
|Such is Life 35: It is a good idea. [...] I’m glad you laid me on to it.|
|Fighting Blood 228: He claims he feels more or less responsible for me going to the cleaners, as his son laid me on the horse.|
|Advocate (Burnie, Tas.) 28 Oct. 6/5: Horton said, ‘You have been laid on to this,’ and Stokes said, ‘Yes, who potted us?’.|
|‘You Run Your Mouth and I’ll Run My Business’ [lyrics] But dig this spiel I’m going to lay on you, gate, / Don’t cop your broom, park the body and wait.|
|Night Light 200: Laying a story on me.|
|Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) 248: I’m the lead man. I lay on the jive and Billy fills his pockets.|
|Only a Short Walk 28: I heard down town that Shanghai Pete is opening up again [...] I ought to lay Brownie on to that.|
|Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) 29: Let me lay it right on you [...] I don’t honestly know any more.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 97: ‘Oh, don’t lay that on us!’ Oz protested.|
|Homeboy 195: What kind of note you layin on me? What’s the game?|
|Kill Your Darlings 281: What kind of scumbag woud I be to lay the guilt on her?|
3. (Aus.) to assail.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 16/2: He is dogged and waylaid and variously persecuted at every turn; and while innocently boiling his billy under a gumtree he is suddenly surprised by a rush of bobbies, ‘laid on’ by idiotic residents, who cover him with guns and roar at him to ‘bail up.’.|
4. (Aus und.) to provide a victim for a thief or confidence trickster.
|Truth (Brisbane) 12 Apr. 9/3: But the wust of all them pushers / Are the kinchin buttoners / Who goes trailin round the streets / [...] / For to lay the magsman on, or / Burrow out a easey mug.|
(US black) to infect someone with a sexually transmitted disease intentionally.
|Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] lay on a burn Definition: to give someone a sexually transmitted disease on purpose. Example: I’m bout to lay on a burn to this beyotch so she’ll lay off ma back.|