Lay of the land

What does "Lay of the land" mean?

Today it means: See how things are when 'x' happens or when we get there.

Sailors would study the shape of the land when they first saw it to see if they recognised any features; a hill or a range of hills. Charts and navigation was never that accurate so it was important to study "the lay of the land" so they could get a better idea on where they were.

See also: See how the land lies   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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