# How many bookies did you lay it around on?

#### VicNicSor

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Marsellus, a criminal boos, gives Butch, a boxer, money for him to lose to his opponent in the 5th round, and Butch accepts the deal. Later, in the fight, he instead wins it (even, unintentionally though, killing the opponent at the ring), and escapes. later he talks on the phone with someone:
— What the fuck'd I tell ya? Huh? As soon as the word got out the fix was in, man, the odds went through the roof. [then talking about the death of his opponent, sounding regrettable, but not very much, then again about the money] How many bookies did you lay it around on? All eight? How long to collect? So you'll have it all by tomorrow night?
Pulp Fiction, movie

Could you explain to me what the pattern/verb is?

"To lay something around on someone"? What does it mean?...

Thank yuo.

• #### lingobingo

##### Senior Member
How many bookmakers did you place a bet with?

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
How many bookmakers did you place a bet with?
I.e., he divided all the money that he had into eight parts and bet them with different bookmakers?

#### lingobingo

##### Senior Member
“All eight?” seems to suggest there were 8 bookies. So the question is, did you lay the bet with all of them?

There’s nothing there to suggest that the money (about which there’s no info) was divided equally. That seems to be pure speculation on your part.

#### VicNicSor

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There’s nothing there to suggest that the money (about which there’s no info) was divided equally. That seems to be pure speculation on your part.
I meant that the fact of dividing the money ha had in parts (eqaual or not).

But could you tell me please what the pattern is? Is it "to lay something around on someone", as I suggested in #1? Is it a phrasal veb, idiom? What meaning of "lay around on" is used here?

#### lingobingo

##### Senior Member
To lay a bet is to place a bet.

How many bookies did you lay it around on? = How many bookies did you lay/place the bet with?

The way it’s said is just colloquial. It doesn’t merit analysis. It’s not an idiom.

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
To lay a bet is to place a bet.

How many bookies did you lay it around on? = How many bookies did you lay/place the bet with?

The way it’s said is just colloquial. It doesn’t merit analysis. It’s not an idiom.
So you lay a bet on something. But in the OP, the object of "on" is "bookies". What meaning of "on" is it?...

#### VicNicSor

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But what does "on" mean in the OP quote?

#### heypresto

##### Senior Member
It appears to mean something like 'with'. I don't suppose you'll find it in a dictionary though.

Or maybe, in their vernacular, they lay bets on bookies.

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
And "around", does it have any special meaning here? Or could easily be omitted?

#### sound shift

##### Senior Member
The "around" just suggests multiple places, the notion of spreading the money between bookies.

#### heypresto

##### Senior Member
I think it's required. I think it's idiomatic to 'lay bets around', meaning to spread your bets amongst several bookies.

Cross-posted.

#### VicNicSor

##### Banned
Thank you everyone!

#### Uncle Jack

##### Senior Member
To lay a bet is to place a bet.
Not really in British English. To lay a bet has the specific meaning of betting against the outcome. Punters generally place bets and bookies generally lay them (two sides of the same bet).

My post here is not a reply to the OP's question where 'lay' clearly means 'place' in the terms I have just used, and from what I can tell this is standard American usage. This might also account for the 'on'; with 'place', the preposition would be 'with'.

#### heypresto

##### Senior Member
Thanks Uncle Jim.

It shows I've never placed a bet in my life.

#### RM1(SS)

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