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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 Boxus scored on a layup to stretch Hartford’s lead to 60-47 with 8:40 to play, and the Hawks eventually built the lead out to 17. Dom Amore,, "UHart men play like veterans, pull away from Central, 74-59," 5 Nov. 2019 His second bucket, moments later, came on a driving layup off a defensive rebound, switching hands in midair to drop it in over Isaiah Briscoe. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Cassius Winston and the quest for Michigan State basketball glory," 4 Nov. 2019 Toronto kept battling and closed the gap to 95-90 on Terence Davis' layup at the third-quarter buzzer. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 115, Raptors 105: Another big lead, another struggle, another win," 2 Nov. 2019 The Booker committed his fourth turnover which Utah turned into another transition basket for Bogdanovic who was fouled by Kaminsky on the driving layup. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns get explanation about why clock wasn't reviewed in loss to Utah Jazz," 29 Oct. 2019 Walked was just 1 for 9 in the first half, the lone made shot coming on a fast-break layup., "■ Those second chances were pretty important, because at the other end the Raptors were not missing. Toronto made 18 of 36 3-point attempts.," 26 Oct. 2019 Pioneers senior Bryce Whitaker helped Providence regain the lead, 62-60, on a three-point play before the Coyotes tied it on a layup with 4.9 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Vincent Nguyen,, "Providence boys' basketball survives in overtime against Calabasas," 1 July 2019 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

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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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14 Nov 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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