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 for To lay by the heels
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lay \Lay\ (l[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Laid (l[=a]d); p. pr. &
     vb. n. Laying.] [OE. leggen, AS. lecgan, causative, fr.
     licgan to lie; akin to D. leggen, G. legen, Icel. leggja,
     Goth. lagjan. See Lie to be prostrate.]
     1. To cause to lie down, to be prostrate, or to lie against
        something; to put or set down; to deposit; as, to lay a
        book on the table; to lay a body in the grave; a shower
        lays the dust.
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              A stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the
              den.                                  --Dan. vi. 17.
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              Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid. --Milton.
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     2. To place in position; to establish firmly; to arrange with
        regularity; to dispose in ranks or tiers; as, to lay a
        corner stone; to lay bricks in a wall; to lay the covers
        on a table.
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     3. To prepare; to make ready; to contrive; to provide; as, to
        lay a snare, an ambush, or a plan.
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     4. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.
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     5. To cause to be still; to calm; to allay; to suppress; to
        exorcise, as an evil spirit.
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              After a tempest when the winds are laid. --Waller.
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     6. To cause to lie dead or dying.
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              Brave C[ae]neus laid Ortygius on the plain,
              The victor C[ae]neus was by Turnus slain. --Dryden.
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     7. To deposit, as a wager; to stake; to risk.
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              I dare lay mine honor
              He will remain so.                    --Shak.
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     8. To bring forth and deposit; as, to lay eggs.
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     9. To apply; to put.
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              She layeth her hands to the spindle.  --Prov. xxxi.
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     10. To impose, as a burden, suffering, or punishment; to
         assess, as a tax; as, to lay a tax on land.
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               The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
                                                    --Is. liii. 6.
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     11. To impute; to charge; to allege.
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               God layeth not folly to them.        --Job xxiv.
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               Lay the fault on us.                 --Shak.
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     12. To impose, as a command or a duty; as, to lay commands on
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     13. To present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a
         particular county; to lay a scheme before one.
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     14. (Law) To state; to allege; as, to lay the venue.
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     15. (Mil.) To point; to aim; as, to lay a gun.
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     16. (Rope Making) To put the strands of (a rope, a cable,
         etc.) in their proper places and twist or unite them; as,
         to lay a cable or rope.
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     17. (Print.)
         (a) To place and arrange (pages) for a form upon the
             imposing stone.
         (b) To place (new type) properly in the cases.
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     To lay asleep, to put sleep; to make unobservant or
        careless. --Bacon.
     To lay bare, to make bare; to strip.
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              And laid those proud roofs bare to summer's rain.
     To lay before, to present to; to submit for consideration;
        as, the papers are laid before Congress.
     To lay by.
         (a) To save.
         (b) To discard.
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                   Let brave spirits . . . not be laid by.
     To lay by the heels, to put in the stocks. --Shak.
     To lay down.
         (a) To stake as a wager.
         (b) To yield; to relinquish; to surrender; as, to lay
             down one's life; to lay down one's arms.
         (c) To assert or advance, as a proposition or principle.
     To lay forth.
         (a) To extend at length; (reflexively) to exert one's
             self; to expatiate. [Obs.]
         (b) To lay out (as a corpse). [Obs.] --Shak.
     To lay hands on, to seize.
     To lay hands on one's self, or To lay violent hands on
     one's self, to injure one's self; specif., to commit
     To lay heads together, to consult.
     To lay hold of, or To lay hold on, to seize; to catch.
     To lay in, to store; to provide.
     To lay it on, to apply without stint. --Shak.
     To lay it on thick, to flatter excessively.
     To lay on, to apply with force; to inflict; as, to lay on
     To lay on load, to lay on blows; to strike violently. [Obs.
        or Archaic]
     To lay one's self out, to strive earnestly.
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              No selfish man will be concerned to lay out himself
              for the good of his country.          --Smalridge.
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     To lay one's self open to, to expose one's self to, as to
        an accusation.
     To lay open, to open; to uncover; to expose; to reveal.
     To lay over, to spread over; to cover.
     To lay out.
         (a) To expend. --Macaulay.
         (b) To display; to discover.
         (c) To plan in detail; to arrange; as, to lay out a
         (d) To prepare for burial; as, to lay out a corpse.
         (e) To exert; as, to lay out all one's strength.
     To lay siege to.
         (a) To besiege; to encompass with an army.
         (b) To beset pertinaciously.
     To lay the course (Naut.), to sail toward the port intended
        without jibing.
     To lay the land (Naut.), to cause it to disappear below the
        horizon, by sailing away from it.
     To lay to
         (a) To charge upon; to impute.
         (b) To apply with vigor.
         (c) To attack or harass. [Obs.] --Knolles.
         (d) (Naut.) To check the motion of (a vessel) and cause
             it to be stationary.
     To lay to heart, to feel deeply; to consider earnestly.
     To lay under, to subject to; as, to lay under obligation or
     To lay unto.
         (a) Same as To lay to (above).
         (b) To put before. --Hos. xi. 4.
     To lay up.
         (a) To store; to reposit for future use.
         (b) To confine; to disable.
         (c) To dismantle, and retire from active service, as a
     To lay wait for, to lie in ambush for.
     To lay waste, to destroy; to make desolate; as, to lay
        waste the land.
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     Syn: See Put, v. t., and the Note under 4th Lie.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heel \Heel\, n. [OE. hele, heele, AS. h[=e]la, perh. for
     h[=o]hila, fr. AS. h[=o]h heel (cf. Hough); but cf. D.
     hiel, OFries. heila, h[=e]la, Icel. h[ae]ll, Dan. h[ae]l, Sw.
     h[aum]l, and L. calx. [root]12. Cf. Inculcate.]
     1. The hinder part of the foot; sometimes, the whole foot; --
        in man or quadrupeds.
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              He [the stag] calls to mind his strength and then
              his speed,
              His winged heels and then his armed head. --Denham.
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     2. The hinder part of any covering for the foot, as of a
        shoe, sock, etc.; specif., a solid part projecting
        downward from the hinder part of the sole of a boot or
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     3. The latter or remaining part of anything; the closing or
        concluding part. "The heel of a hunt." --A. Trollope. "The
        heel of the white loaf." --Sir W. Scott.
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     4. Anything regarded as like a human heel in shape; a
        protuberance; a knob.
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     5. The part of a thing corresponding in position to the human
        heel; the lower part, or part on which a thing rests;
        (a) (Naut.) The after end of a ship's keel.
        (b) (Naut.) The lower end of a mast, a boom, the bowsprit,
            the sternpost, etc.
        (c) (Mil.) In a small arm, the corner of the but which is
            upwards in the firing position.
        (d) (Mil.) The uppermost part of the blade of a sword,
            next to the hilt.
        (e) The part of any tool next the tang or handle; as, the
            heel of a scythe.
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     6. (Man.) Management by the heel, especially the spurred
        heel; as, the horse understands the heel well.
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     7. (Arch.)
        (a) The lower end of a timber in a frame, as a post or
            rafter. In the United States, specif., the obtuse
            angle of the lower end of a rafter set sloping.
        (b) A cyma reversa; -- so called by workmen. --Gwilt.
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     8. (Golf) The part of the face of the club head nearest the
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     9. In a carding machine, the part of a flat nearest the
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     Heel chain (Naut.), a chain passing from the bowsprit cap
        around the heel of the jib boom.
     Heel plate, the butt plate of a gun.
     Heel of a rafter. (Arch.) See Heel, n., 7.
     Heel ring, a ring for fastening a scythe blade to the
     Neck and heels, the whole body. (Colloq.)
     To be at the heels of, to pursue closely; to follow hard;
        as, hungry want is at my heels. --Otway.
     To be down at the heel, to be slovenly or in a poor plight.
     To be out at the heels, to have on stockings that are worn
        out; hence, to be shabby, or in a poor plight. --Shak.
     To cool the heels. See under Cool.
     To go heels over head, to turn over so as to bring the
        heels uppermost; hence, to move in a inconsiderate, or
        rash, manner.
     To have the heels of, to outrun.
     To lay by the heels, to fetter; to shackle; to imprison.
        --Shak. --Addison.
     To show the heels, to flee; to run from.
     To take to the heels, to flee; to betake to flight.
     To throw up another's heels, to trip him. --Bunyan.
     To tread upon one's heels, to follow closely. --Shak.
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