*lay (something) out *

lay (something) out

Definition: to put one or more things in a place so that they are spread out and neatly arranged.

(This phrasal verb has more than one meaning)

E.g.1: He laid out his photographs on the table so that everyone could see them.
E.g.2: When the customs officer laid the contents of her suitcase out in front of her, it was clear that she had a lot of explaining to do.

This phrasal verb can be separated. (E.g. 2)

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