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lay up (third-person singular simple present lays up, present participle laying up, simple past and past participle laid up or layed up)

  1. (transitive) To store; to put by.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
      I employed myself in making, as well as I could, a great many baskets, both to carry earth or to carry or lay up anything, as I had occasion; and though I did not finish them very handsomely, yet I made them sufficiently serviceable for my purpose...
  2. (transitive) To disable.
  3. (transitive) To take out of active service.
  4. (intransitive) To go out of active service.
  5. (transitive, basketball) To make a layup with (a basketball)
    He takes the pass, he drives, he lays it up and in.
  6. (intransitive, golf) Deliberately to leave the ball further than necessary from the hole, so as to secure an easier succeeding shot.