lay down

[lay down] {v.} 1. To let (something) be taken; give up orsurrender (something).

The general told the troops to lay downtheir arms.

He was willing to lay down his life for his country.

Compare: GIVE UP. 2. To ask people to follow; tell someone to obey;make (a rule or principle).

The committee laid down rules about thesize of tennis courts.

3. To declare; say positively; say surely;state.

She laid it down as always true that "a fool and his moneyare soon parted."

4. To store or save for future use, especially in acellar.

They laid down several barrels of cider.