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lay up

1. verb To cause someone to need to rest in order to recover or recuperate, as from illness or injury. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lay" and "up." Man, that flu laid me up for a week. All I did was sleep and eat chicken soup!
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 damage (a ship, typically). 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, often by banking 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.
See also: lay, up
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This has proven effective at times, but any time the guard (X3) forgets to drop into the lane, he'll be giving up a layup.
The Explorers attacked quickly and Tyreek Duren hit a layup driving to the basket, putting La Salle ahead, 60-59, with 38 seconds left.
Doherty scored the first four points on a layup by Youssef Fodaile and a putback by Jones.
After the Patriots closed to 14-8 on a driving hook by Farina, Grip kicked off the run with a layup. Deraney then sandwiched two free throws and a trey around a layup by North Middlesex senior Emily Church.
The Rockets (1-2) tied the game, 27-27, on a layup by Dalton Goodrich (9 points) with 1:43 to go before halftime, but Southbridge went on an 8-0 run on a pair of free throws and a breakaway layup by Victor Martinez (13 points) followed by a layup and short jumper by Hashian Rosario (15 points) at the buzzer.
The Cougars went ahead with a layup by Normandin (22 points, 7 rebounds), but a 3-pointer by junior guard Jamaal Gibbs put Springfield on top, 11-9.
Import Delroy James scored 17 points, including a layup that put Meralco on top 92-90 with 42 seconds remaining.
Sloan drained a three-pointer, followed by two free throws and a layup by Heaton, then a layup by Paradee at the 4:41 mark to stretch the lead to 29, 60-31.
With the game all tied at 95-95, the Pacers had possession of the ball and tried to take the lead when Oladipo drove in for a layup. However, his attempt was blocked by James as the home fans erupted with the Cavs in possession with three seconds left.
Jones scored his only field goal of the second half by burying a 3-pointer from the left elbow with 5:54 left, but a layup by Giese 14 seconds later made it 54-48.
She flipped the ball up to MacKenzie Kerins, who hurled a court-length pass to Elyse Burns for a layup.
The play is designed to get the 4 man either a layup or a short jump shot in the lane or from mid-post.
The Lions' biggest deficit was 19-10 but they tied it at 21-21 when Elise Horbach took a beautiful no-look pass from Payton McDonnell to score a layup. They took a brief lead at 23-21 on a driving layup through the lane by sophomore Anna Morrisey (7 points).
But Raphiael Putney raced back and as the unsuspecting Rams guard went up for a layup, Putney got his hand on the ball for a block.
Oregon's first field goal was a layup by Cathrine Kraayeveld and its last was a layup by Shaquala Williams.