- lawer (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlɔːjə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɔɪ.ə(ɹ)/
- (US, Northern and Western) IPA(key): /lɔɪ.ɚ/
- (US, Southern) IPA(key): /lɔ.jɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɔɪ.ə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: law‧yer
lawyer (plural lawyers)
- A professional person qualified (as by a law degree and/or bar exam) and authorized to practice law, i.e. conduct lawsuits and/or give legal advice.
- By extension, a legal layman who argues points of law.
a layman who argues points of law
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- (informal) To practice law.
- To perform, or attempt to perform, the work of a lawyer.
- To make legalistic arguments.
- With "up", to acquire the services of a lawyer.
- (colloquial, criminal law) With "up", to exercise the right to ask for the presence of one's attorney.
- To barrage with questions in order to get the person to admit something, usually used in the past tense "[You've been] lawyered."
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary. "Lawyer, n."