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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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lay up

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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Usually a jump-shooting team, the Thunder were able to pound the ball in the paint and score easy lay ups, with only 6'2" Mario Chalmers recording a blocked shot for the Heat.
In this league you cannot expect to win a game when we had over 20 turnovers which led to Bradford hitting at least 24 points off fast break lay ups.
During their winter lay ups they naturally become a little dusty and spiders have the happy knack of spinning their webs between the parts, so we go on what's known as the Cobweb Run.
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In the third quarter the Crusaders' inability to convert their lay ups saw their chances of a comeback wasted as they slipped to 50-64 behind.
Mohawks chased the game with all out offensive tactics leaving the back wide open with several easy lay ups from Richards and Watts.