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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Vivie's—or Mr. Michaelis's—lace-up boots were carefully removed and the poor crushed and bleeding toes washed with warm water.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • He opened the door a little, and pulled in his lace-up boots, which were polished in the highest style of art.

  • Elastic-sided boots and lace-up boots had superseded the old footwear, but honest skill still meant an honest reputation.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
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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