the lie of the land


the lie of the land
1) the way a situation is developing

Let's get a feeling for the lie of the land before we approach them directly.

2) the shape of the land around you

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  • the lay of the land — the lay (Brit. lie) of the land the way in which the features or characteristics of an area present themselves ■ figurative the current situation or state of affairs she was beginning to see the lay of the land with her in laws * * * the lay of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the lie of the land — ► the lie (N. Amer. lay) of the land 1) the features or characteristics of an area. 2) the current situation or state of affairs. Main Entry: ↑lie …   English terms dictionary

  • the lay of the land — ► the lie (N. Amer. lay) of the land 1) the features or characteristics of an area. 2) the current situation or state of affairs. Main Entry: ↑lie …   English terms dictionary

  • (the) lay of the land — the lay of the land american phrase the lie of the land Thesaurus: general words for situations and circumstancessynonym views and landscapessynonym difficult situations and experiencessynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • (the) lie of the land — British & Australian, American & Australian find out/see how the land lies to get information about a situation before making decisions or taking action. It s always a good idea to find out the lie of the land before applying to a company …   New idioms dictionary

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  • the lie (N. Amer. lay) of the land — 1》 the features of an area. 2》 the current situation. → lie …   English new terms dictionary

  • lie of the land — n. Chiefly Brit. LAY OF THE LAND …   English World dictionary

  • lie of the land — Chiefly Brit. See lay of the land. * * * lie of the land (figurative) The current situation • • • Main Entry: ↑lie * * * lie of the land, 1. the way in which the land is laid out. 2. Figurative. the condition in which things are. See also …   Useful english dictionary