lay on an unlimited supply of water


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Please, What does "lay on" mean in this context?"

'Oho!' said the board, looking very knowing; 'we are the fellows to set this to rights; we'll stop it all, in no time.' So, they established the rule, that all poor people should have the alternative (for they would compel nobody, not they), of being starved by a gradual process in the house, or by a quick one out of it. With this view, they contracted with the water-works to lay on an unlimited supply of water; and with a corn-factor to supply periodically small quantities of oatmeal; and issued three meals of thin gruel a day, with an onion twice a week, and half a roll of Sundays.

Source: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    Does this explanation form our dictionary help? lay on
    lay something on Brit. provide a service or amenity.

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