Lay-of-the-land meaning

The physical characteristics of the terrain or surrounding natural environment.
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The lay of the land is defined as the natural features of a geographic area or the existing situation or state of affairs.

When someone goes to a new workplace and looks around to learn who is popular and who isn't, this is an example of someone getting the lay of the land.

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The arrangement of the natural features of an area.
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The existing state or disposition of affairs.
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(idiomatic) The trends, feelings, intentions, and other factors influencing a strategic, political, or social situation.
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