[ ley-uhp ]
/ ˈleɪˌʌp /
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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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How to use lay-up in a sentence
This is like the layup drills before an NBA game, and no one is keeping score.Why the Fiscal Cliff Is a Snooze|Howard Kurtz|December 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Edeshko was then clear to make a pass down the court to Aleksandr Belov, who made a layup.An Olympic Détente for the 1972 Men’s Basketball Team|Tom McMillen|August 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Because the Raj case is the sideshow, not the main event, I'm skeptical it will be a layup.Wall Street's Courtoom Showdown|Charlie Gasparino|March 7, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Even though we led at the half, my heart fell with each missed layup on both ends of the floor.Why I Love the WNBA|Condoleezza Rice|May 13, 2010|DAILY BEAST
Picking a seatwarmer should be the political equivalent of a layup.Another GOP Star Stumbles|Jim DeFede|September 4, 2009|DAILY BEAST
He thought it wise to layup for himself as much treasure upon earth as possible.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
British Dictionary definitions for 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with lay-up
see laid up; lay in.
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