Posted by ESC on June 11, 2003
In Reply to: Lay of the land posted by ESC on June 11, 2003
: : : : : I've heard something like "lie to take",or "line to take".
: : : : : May you suggest what it means?
: : : : : I am sorry not able to give you exact words.
: : : : : TS
: : : : I've heard the "line to take." Meaning the approach you want to take when explaining something or dealing with a situation.
: : : As in 4a from Merriam-Webster online:
: : : 4 a: a course of conduct, action, or thought b : a field of activity or interest c : a glib often persuasive way of talking
: : Could the original query have something to do with the 'lie of the land,' meaning the topography of the land? Scouts were sent ahead of exploration parties to guage the lie of the land and the best 'lie to take' was based on their reports. I'm sure I've seen this usage before but cannot find any examples just now.
: Nope. It's "lay of the land." From Merriam-Webster online: "6 : the way in which a thing lies or is laid in relation to something else "