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[leys-uhp] /ˈleɪsˌʌp/
anything that laces up, especially a boot with shoelaces that lace up from the vamp to the top of the boot.
having a lace that is laced up as a closure:
a lace-up blouse.
Origin of lace-up
First recorded in 1830-40; noun and adj. use of verb phrase lace up Unabridged
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  • She put on her rubber-boots, because it took so long to lace up her boots.

    Gypsy Breynton Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Cherrie accepted the offer, rolled her lace up in a copy of the "Speckport Spouter," and started on her homeward journey.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • The girls wore sweaters and old caps and old skirts and lace up bootsall but Lily.

  • There we always have a major-general to lace up our boots, and a field-marshals always hovering round to light our cigarettes.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • She would have liked to have slipped out of her boots and wriggled her toes but they were too hard to lace up again.

    Janet Hardy in Radio City Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • I could have cried, I was so vexed; but I determined I would not give the lace up without a struggle for it.

    Cranford Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • She dressed always in rusty black, and went about slipshod, explaining that she was too fat to reach her feet and lace up boots.

  • A friend tells me that when he was 10 a girl of 16 asked him to lace up her boots.

British Dictionary definitions for lace up

lace up

(transitive, adverb) to tighten or fasten (clothes or footwear) with laces
(of footwear) to be fastened with laces
a lace-up shoe or boot
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Word Origin and History for lace up



1831, originally of boots, from lace (v.) + up.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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