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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 That gave Campbell, the Bruins' 5-foot-11 point guard, eight points in less than two minutes before Jules Bernard hit both ends of a one-and-one free throw trip and came back for a driving layup off a turnover from UA’s Terrell Brown. Bruce Pascoe, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona basketball falls to UCLA in 4th straight loss," 10 Jan. 2021 DeRozan’s lefthanded layup brought the Spurs within a point with 1:29 to play in regulation. Jeff Mcdonald,, "DeMar DeRozan wills San Antonio Spurs to OT victory," 9 Jan. 2021 Tyishawn Smiley scored the go-ahead points and Jamarion Johnson added a clinching layup off a steal in the final moments to seal the Tigers’ 85-82 Lake Erie League boys basketball victory, but relief came with a hint of dejection. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Warrensville Heights outlasts Shaker Heights, 85-82, in overtime," 5 Jan. 2021 The Patriots carried that momentum into the fourth quarter building a 37-30 advantage before a Miranda Strassel layup snapped the run. Joseph Halm,, "Girls basketball: John Curtis wins district opener, hands Mount Carmel its first loss," 4 Jan. 2021 Ethan Thompson’s scoop layup less than a minute later put OSU up 58-56 to give the Beavers their first lead since the opening minutes. oregonlive, "Ethan Thompson, Maurice Calloo rally Oregon State men’s basketball past California," 2 Jan. 2021 Rogers outscored Siloam Springs 12-2 in the second quarter, including a layup to beat the buzzer by Camiran Brockhoff, to pull within 17-16. Graham Thomas, Arkansas Online, "PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Mounties clear early hurdle," 1 Jan. 2021 Bill Russell would snatch a rebound, kick it out to Tommy Heinsohn on the wing, and Tommy would find Sam Jones at the other end for a breakaway layup. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Bob Cousy stoically deals with the toughest of losses — his old teammates," 30 Dec. 2020 The Spartans cut it to 15-9 on Joey Hauser's jumper midway through the first half, but Robbins' layup sparked the Gophers on a 16-2 run. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "No. 21 Gophers blow out No. 17 Michigan State 81-56 for second consecutive Big Ten victory," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Jan 2021

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“Layup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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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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