lay before

lay before
If you lay an idea or piece of information before someone, you present it to them in detail, usually in order to obtain their approval or advice. [FORMAL]

[V n P n] The majority party would be unwise to deviate far from the principles it had laid before the electors...

[V P n n] Now what we need is definite proof that we can lay before the prime minister.


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