lie up


lay up; lain up; lying up; lies up

intransitive verb

: to go into or remain in a dock
: to stay in bed or at rest

Examples of lie up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the draining of reservoirs let loose heavy loads of sediment, there are also areas where piles of sand, gravel and clay lie up to 15 feet deep beside tributary streams. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024 In that time, female cicadas lay up to 400 eggs, which start in tress then drop to the ground and burrow in for their long wait. USA TODAY, 25 Jan. 2024 In fact, a 2022 survey found that Americans, on average, lie up to four times a day. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 29 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of lie up was in 1699

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“Lie up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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