lay-up

or lay·up

[ ley-uhp ]
/ ˈleɪˌʌp /

noun

Basketball. a shot with one hand from a point close to the basket, in which a player shoots the ball toward the basket, often off the backboard.
the operation of assembling veneers for pressing into plywood.
the operation of applying alternate layers of material and a binder to form a bonded material.

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Origin of lay-up

First recorded in 1940–45; noun use of verb phrase lay up
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Example sentences from the Web for lay-up

  • Evidently the Montana's lay-up had discouraged the mass of stockholders.

British Dictionary definitions for lay-up

lay up

verb (tr, adverb)

to store or reserve for future use
(usually passive) informal to incapacitate or confine through illness
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Idioms and Phrases with lay-up

lay up

see laid up; lay in.

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