to lay something around somewhere
(In the very literal sense. Think of laying a bunch of rose flowers across a birthday cake. For clothes, like a scarf for example, "umlegen" is more idiomatic. Also works reflexively for "lying down around" - "sich+Acc rumlegen um+Acc")
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Root: *legh-

The core idea of this root was:

laying, lying down

of course the verbs to lay and to lie belong here, but the root is also the origin of law, lair, ledger, allay and low.  And of lager, which is essentially a German word that means storage.

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