a lay figure

a lay figure
1) манекен

Her aunt asked her to stand as a sort of lay figure on which to display them. (E. Gaskell, ‘North and South’, ch. I) — Тетушка попросила ее стоять неподвижно, как манекен, на котором демонстрируют шали.

2) нежизненный, лишённый правдоподобия персонаж

It is not the author's business to preach, but to give a real, historical picture of life. It is only too easy to substitute lay figures for men and women, sets of opinions for flesh and blood, "heroes" and "villains" in the abstract for real people tortured by doubts, old allegiances, traditions and loyalties... (R. Fox, ‘The Novel and the People’, ch. 2) — Дело писателя не проповедовать, а давать реальную, историческую картину жизни. Очень легко подменить живых мужчин и женщин манекенами, плоть и кровь - набором готовых мнений, реальных людей, мучимых сомнениями, привязанностью к прошлому, к старым идеалам и традициям, - абстрактными героями и злодеями.

3) человек, с которым не считаются, "пешка", пустое место, ничтожество

He had been like a lay figure other people moved about... (Gr. Greene, ‘The Confidential Agent’, part I, ch. II) — Он был как пешка, которую двигают с места на место...


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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  • Lay figure — Figure Fig ure (f[i^]g [ u]r; 135), n. [F., figure, L. figura; akin to fingere to form, shape, feign. See {Feign}.] 1. The form of anything; shape; outline; appearance. [1913 Webster] Flowers have all exquisite figures. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lay figure — Lay Lay, n. 1. That which lies or is laid or is conceived of as having been laid or placed in its position; a row; a stratum; a layer; as, a lay of stone or wood. Addison. [1913 Webster] A viol should have a lay of wire strings below. Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lay-figure — /lāˈfi gər/ noun 1. (earlier layˈman) a jointed model used by painters 2. A living person or a fictitious character lacking in individuality ORIGIN: Du leeman, from led (now lid) joint, and man man …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay figure — n. [earlier layman < Du leeman < MDu led, limb, joint, akin to OE lith, limb + man, man] 1. an artist s jointed model of the human form, on which drapery is arranged to get the proper effect 2. a person who is a mere puppet or a nonentity …   English World dictionary

  • lay figure — noun Etymology: obsolete English layman lay figure, from Dutch leeman Date: 1795 1. a jointed model of the human body used by artists to show the disposition of drapery 2. a person so compliant as to be likened to a puppet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lay figure — lay′ fig ure n. 1) fia a jointed model of the human body, usu. of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model; mannequin 2) a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity • Etymology: 1785–95; lay,… …   From formal English to slang

  • lay figure — 1. a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model. 2. a similar figure used in shops to display costumes. 3. a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.… …   Universalium

  • lay figure — /ˈleɪ fɪgə/ (say lay figuh) noun 1. a jointed model of the human body, usually of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model. 2. a mere puppet or nonentity; a person of no importance. {replacing obsolete layman (from Dutch… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • lay figure — n. 1 a dummy or jointed figure of a human body used by artists for arranging drapery on etc. 2 an unrealistic character in a novel etc. 3 a person lacking in individuality. Etymology: lay f. obs. layman f. Du. leeman f. obs. led joint …   Useful english dictionary

  • lay figure — Synonyms and related words: Charlie McCarthy, air brush, art paper, brush, bust, camera lucida, camera obscura, canvas, carving, chalk, charcoal, cipher, clay model, crayon, creature, doll, dolly, drawing paper, drawing pencil, drier, dud, dummy …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lay figure — n 1. artist s model, model, figure, figurine, puppet, doll; image, effigy. 2. mannequin, manikin, dummy, dressmaker s model. 3. nonentity, nobody, nothing, cipher, insignificancy, jackstraw, little fellow, Inf. little guy, man on the street, John …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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