from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Basketball A usually one-handed, banked shot made close to the basket after driving in.
  • n. The act or an instance of laying up: budget cuts that forced the lay-up of several ships.

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  • n. Alternative form of layup.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket (and usually banked off the backboard)


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  • Yes, I think for us, the development is more taking advantage of kind of what I'll call lay-up opportunities within our existing footprint.

  • One day while we were running lay-up drills, Coach B made an offhand comment that he would “have a uniform for everyone here.”

    In the Time of Bobby Cox

  • Nevada, with its large Mormon population, was long considered an easy lay-up for Romney.

    Ron Paul Poised To Finish Surprisingly Strong In 2012 Nevada Caucus

  • ORU was undone by a sequence right before halftime as it gave up a lay-up then had the ball stolen on the inbounds pass for a dunk by WSU as the horn sounded.

  • He has no outside shot, is a bad defender and his one go-to move -- a slashing lay-up -- is rendered moot by his inconsistent free throw shooting.

    It could always be worse

  • Here, too, I found that the strain was beginning to tell on me, as I was unable to get any sleep during the day’s lay-up.

    Walter (Bill) Gossner

  • There are fairway bunkers around 80 yards short of the green – the perfect lay-up distance – which force the player into making a choice; try and squeeze the ball through a narrow gap up the right-hand side, or lay up a long way back from the bunkers and take your chances with a longer third shot?

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  • Sending the completed trade agreements with Colombia and Panama to Congress for ratification should have been a lay-up for a president seeking the center.

    A Presidency to Nowhere

  • With Miami ahead by four and less than two minutes remaining in overtime, Evans knocked the ball loose from one Miami ball-handler, went and stole the ball from the Miami player who collected the loose ball and then jetted downcourt for a transition lay-up.

    Miami 70, Virginia 68: Three up, three down

  • Ten 500-yard par-four holes, four 250-yard par threes and four 750-yard par fives reachable with a 300-yard drive, a 250-yard lay-up and a 150-yard appproach add up neatly to 9,000 yards.

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