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lay up

1. verb To cause someone to have to convalesce, as from illness or injury. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "up." Man, that cold laid me up for a week—all I did was sleep.
2. verb To obtain and stock something to keep in reserve. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "up." If I'm going to have 50 kids in my house next week, I better lay up a supply of paper towels now!
3. verb To become damaged, often as of a ship. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "up." A collision will lay your ship up for days, if not longer.
4. verb To dock a vessel to repair damage. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "up." You need to lay that boat up and fix the sail.
5. verb To intentionally restrict one's golf swing, as to avoid an obstacle. I laid up so that I wouldn't hit the rogue golf cart.
6. noun In basketball, a shot made when a player is close to the basket and, often, banks the ball off the backboard. In this usage, the phrase is usually written as one word. The other team's defensive breakdown allowed me to score an easy layup.
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laid up

[of people or things] immobilized for recuperation or repairs. I was laid up for two weeks after my accident. My car is laid up for repairs. I was laid up with the flu for a week.
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lay someone up

to cause someone to be ill in bed. A broken leg laid me up for two months. Flu laid up everyone at work for a week or more.
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lay something up

 
1. to acquire and store something. Try to lay as much of it up as you can. I am trying to lay up some firewood for the winter.
2. [for something] to disable something. The accident laid up the ship for repairs. A wreck laid the bus up for months.
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laid up

1. Also, sick in bed. Ill and confined to bed, as in I was laid up for a week with the flu, or Sally can't come outside; she's sick in bed. [Mid-1500s]
2. Put in a safe place, as in The ship was laid up in dock with engine trouble, or The hikers were laid up in a cave during the storm. [Mid-1600s] Also see under lay in; lay someone low.
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lay up

v.
1. To store or stock something for future use: We must lay up many supplies for our long journey. We bought a bushel of seed and laid half of it up for planting next year.
2. To confine someone with an illness or injury: A bad flu can lay you up for two weeks. Yellow fever laid up many of the people who worked on the Panama Canal. I was laid up for a month.
3. To put some sailing vessel in dock, as for repairs: We laid up the ship in Anchorage for six months. Let's lay the boat up at the next port.
4. To dock for repairs: The sailboat laid up in Charleston to have the rigging fixed.
5. To hit a golf shot less far than one is able so as to avoid a hazard: I was afraid of hitting the sand trap, so I laid up a bit.
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A slam dunk by Stefan Kaluz gave the Sea Kings a 12-6 lead with 1:45 left in the first quarter and the 6-foot-9 junior added a layup as time expired in the first quarter to extend the lead to seven points.
The play is designed to get the 4 man either a layup or a short jump shot in the lane or from mid-post.
Oregon's first field goal was a layup by Cathrine Kraayeveld and its last was a layup by Shaquala Williams.
Washington rallied in the second half, and Russell drove the length of the court for a layup to make it a one-possession game with five seconds remaining.
Player 1 shoots a layup, recovers the ball, and outlets to 3 on the left.
Thurman was particularly effective in the second half, scoring eight points, including six in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a layup with 1:48 left to give Desert a 46-41 lead.
No Dribble: The attacker cannot dribble unless he's going in for a layup.
The Lancers gained some momentum after Macias converted a layup just before halftime but failed to capitalize in the third quarter and fell behind by 10 points once again.
Then Lodrick Stewart made two steals, the second one leading to a layup from Pruitt to give USC its biggest lead of the game at 58-45.
Pepperdine 76, Saint Mary's 73: Teena Wickett made a layup with 1:11 remaining to break a 72-72 tie as the Waves (9-13, 2-5 WCC) defeated the visiting Gaels (9-11, 3-4).
The Pioneers cut the deficit to 51-49 with 2:24 left in the fourth quarter, but Arie answered with a layup to give the Coyotes (12-9, 7-2) and insurmountable lead.
Poly's DJ Gay goes for a layup against Grant on Wednesday.
When all you have to do late in the game is run screen-and-roll against a team and that gets you a layup, that says a lot,'' Brown said.
Bryant found Parker cutting off a screen for a layup that put the Lakers ahead for good 109-107.
The Apaches tied the score at 52-52 with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter and took their first lead of the game on a layup seconds later.