lay·​up | \ ˈlā-ˌəp How to pronounce layup (audio) \

Definition of layup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of laying up or the condition of being laid up
2 : a shot in basketball made from near the basket usually by playing the ball off the backboard

lay up

laid up; laying up; lays up

Definition of lay up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to store up : lay by
2 : to disable or confine with illness or injury a knee injury laid him up for a week
3 : to take out of active service

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Examples of layup in a Sentence


an eating disorder that would impel her to lay up candy bars in her closet for all-night food binges

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Fournier’s layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that’s when Mitchell got going., "The US reign atop international basketball has ended — this time thwarted by France at the World Cup.," 12 Sep. 2019 Fournier’s layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that’s when Mitchell got going. Washington Post, "A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters," 11 Sep. 2019 Fournier's layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that's when Mitchell got going. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters," 11 Sep. 2019 The Mercury gave up eight first-half points on seven turnovers including at the end of the second when Canada converted a steal from DeWanna Bonner into a layup. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Seattle Storm dominate, ending Phoenix Mercury hopes for home first round playoff game," 4 Sep. 2019 The Sky pulled away with an 8-0 run sparked by Stephanie Dolson’s layup with two minutes left and capped at 92-82 on Vandersloot’s free throws with a minute to go., "Allie Quigley leads the Sky to their 3rd straight win, 94-86 over the Mercury," 25 Aug. 2019 With the Seminoles trailing late in the game 39-34, Jace Galvez put up a valiant effort to give his club an opportunity to steal the contest as his layup gave them a 41-39 lead. Emmett Hall,, "Cooper City Optimist Youth Basketball League crowns Hurricanes as Sophomore Division champions," 22 Aug. 2019 Badji said courtside, over the noise of young players doing layup drills. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "The N.B.A. Is Pushing Into Africa. Can It Compete With Soccer?," 23 July 2019 And Westbrook's poor 3-point shooting and heavy reliance on the midrange is in conflict with Houston's ethos of layups and 3s. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "NBA power rankings: After wild summer, race for title wide open," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of layup


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of layup

basketball : a shot made from a position that is very close to the basket

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