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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

Verb an eating disorder that would impel her to lay up candy bars in her closet for all-night food binges
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kennedy Burke found McCowan down low for a layup, putting the Fever up 12-4 with 6 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Fever earn dominant win over Aces, keep slim playoff hopes alive," 27 Aug. 2019 Leonard—6 feet, 7 inches tall and 230 pounds, with wide hands and a stony expression—took two hard dribbles to the rim, jump-stopped, and rose for a layup, but the Warriors center Kevon Looney arrived to deliver a hard foul. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The Toronto Raptors Were Ready," 14 June 2019 The collision took place with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter when Golden State’s Shaun Livingston was driving in for a layup and VanVleet appeared to try to block the shot. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Fred VanVleet needs stitches, appears to lose tooth after taking elbow to the face," 8 June 2019 The best play of the quarter for Golden State came when Curry pulled down an offensive rebound and threw a long outlet pass to Quinn Cook for a layup. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "How the Raptors Won Game 3 of the N.B.A. Finals," 5 June 2019 Graham — who started in his pro debut — at one point delivered a highlight-reel 3/4-court pass to Malik Monk for a layup. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Former KU guard Devonté Graham signs contract, produces in first game for Hornets," 6 July 2018 With the Lakers poised to take a 2-0 lead, Gerald Henderson stole a pass and drove for a game-tying layup. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "How the Warriors, Cavaliers are linked in history," 30 May 2018 With three sets of eyes on Korver and Darren Collison occupied in the corner by Smith, James was able to attack Bojan Bogdanvic off the dribble for the layup without any help coming over to defend at the rim. Chris Fedor,, "Cleveland Cavaliers keep their composure, play like a true team in must-win Game 4: Chris Fedor," 23 Apr. 2018 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

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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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17 Oct 2019

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The first known use of layup was in the 14th century

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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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a calculated move

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