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    laid it on good and hard


    A head of a school went to the house of a certain lady to ask her is she beats up her granddaughter.

    ‘Mrs Rigby, Ethel had cause to remove her dress in
    school this afternoon and Miss Mayfield saw, to her
    consternation, that her back shows marks of a beating. A
    pretty severe beating.’

    ‘Be a funny thing if it didn’t,’ Mrs Rigby said with no
    sign of being, abashed or repentant. ‘Laid it on good and
    hard, I did. She ’ll bear the marks for a week, I reckon.’

    Does it just mean "I beat her hard" or maybe "laid it on" here means something slightly different?

    Also: Why did she put "I did" at the end? I think it could also be said: I did lay her good and hard.

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    Re: laid it on good and hard

    Yes, it means she beat her thoroughly.

    The "I did" is just for emphasis.

    You can't say she "lay her" though. That has a sexual connotation.

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