laid up


1

Also, sick in bed. Ill and confined to bed, as in I was laid up for a week with the flu, or Sally can't come outside; she's sick in bed. [Mid-1500s]

2

Put in a safe place, as in The ship was laid up in dock with engine trouble, or The hikers were laid up in a cave during the storm. [Mid-1600s] Also see under lay in; lay someone low.

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Example sentences from the Web for laid up

  • A laid-up captain of an old London boat—sad old rascal was he!

    The Cockaynes in Paris|Blanchard Jerrold
  • There was one very interesting discovery made in connection with the inspection of these laid-up ships in the Elbe.

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules'|Lewis R. Freeman