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 Lay about One (To).Lay of the Last Minstrel. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lay by the Heels (To).
To render powerless. The allusion is to the stocks, in which vagrants and other petty offenders were confined by the ankles, locked in what was called the stocks, common, at one time, to well-nigh every village in the land.   1

 Lay about One (To).Lay of the Last Minstrel. 


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