lay about yourself (with something)

ˌlay aˈbout you/yourself (with sth) derived
(BrE) to hit sb/sth without control or move your arms or legs violently in all directions

She laid about herself with her stick to keep the dogs off.

Main entry:layderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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