lay on the line

lay on the line or put on the line  {v. phr.},  {informal}
1. Платить или предлагать плату.
The sponsors had to lay nearly a million dollars on the line to keep the show on TV.
The bank is putting $5,000 on the line as a reward to anyone who catches the robber.
Ср.: PUT UP.
2. Говорить ясно. Так, что не может возникнуть сомнений; говорить откровенно.
I'm going to lay it on the line for you, Paul. You must work harder if you want to pass.
3. Рисковать потерей чего-л. ("Ставить на карту" что-л.); рисковать.
The champion is laying his title on the line in the fight tonight.
Frank decided to lay his job on the line and tell the boss that he thought he was wrong.
Категории: doubt {informal} {v. phr.}