- 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
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- (tr, 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
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