lay something on with a trowel

lay something on thick (or with a trowel) informal grossly exaggerate or overemphasize something.
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  • lay it on with a trowel — 1. To spread something thickly 2. To say grossly flattering things • • • Main Entry: ↑trowel * * * lay it on with a ˈtrowel idiom (informal) to talk about sb/sth in a way that makes them or it seem much better or much worse than they really are;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay something on thick (or with a trowel) — informal grossly exaggerate or overemphasize something. → lay …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay something on thick — ► lay something on thick (or with a trowel) informal grossly exaggerate or overemphasize something. Main Entry: ↑lay …   English terms dictionary

  • lay something on thick — (or with a trowel) informal grossly exaggerate or overemphasize something …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay — Ⅰ. lay [1] ► VERB (past and past part. laid) 1) put down, especially gently or carefully. 2) put down and set in position for use. 3) assign or place: lay the blame. 4) (lay before) present (material) for consideration and action to …   English terms dictionary

  • lay — I. /leɪ / (say lay) verb (laid, laying) –verb (t) 1. to put or place in a position of rest or recumbency: to lay a book on a desk. 2. to bring, throw, or beat down, as from an erect position: to lay a person low. 3. to cause to subside: to lay… …   Australian English dictionary

  • trowel — trow|el [ˈtrauəl] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: truelle, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trua large deep spoon ] 1.) a garden tool like a very small ↑spade 2.) a small tool with a flat blade, used for spreading ↑cement on bricks… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lay — lay1 verb (past and past participle laid) 1》 put down, especially gently or carefully. 2》 put down and set in position for use.     ↘Brit. set cutlery on (a table) in preparation for a meal.     ↘put the material for (a fire) in place.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • lay — 1. v. & n. v. (past and past part. laid) 1 tr. place on a surface, esp. horizontally or in the proper or specified place. 2 tr. put or bring into a certain or the required position or state (laid his hand on her arm; lay a carpet). 3 intr. dial.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • exaggerate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. overdraw, overstate, embellish, embroider, misrepresent, falsify, magnify, inflate, expand, amplify, heighten, intensify, distort, enlarge on, stretch, stretch the truth, overemphasize, hyperbolize, go to extremes, give… …   English dictionary for students


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