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  • adj. Unable to move about normally due to illness or injury, especially when confined to bed.
  • adj. Stored at a dock or other place of safety, as with a ship.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of lay up.

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  • adj. ill and usually confined


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  • But as it is proper and necessary that we should establish a small marine force (even were we to buy a peace from the Algerines,) and as that force laid up in our dockyards would cost us half as much annually as if kept in order for service, we have a right to say that only 22,500 £ sterl. per ann. should be charged to the Algerine war.


  • Erected on a low, reedy mud flat called Mud Island a few miles below Philadelphia, the fort was surrounded by dikes and fortified with batteries that, wrote a defender, “were nothing more than old spars and timber laid up in parallel lines and filled between with mud and dirt.”

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • Mrs. Poyser did not go to church, for she had taken a cold too serious to be neglected; only two winters ago she had been laid up for weeks with a cold; and since his wife did not go to church, Mr. Poyser considered that on the whole it would be as well for him to stay away too and “keep her company.”

    Adam Bede

  • Go back, risk being discovered by Commonwealth authorities, or members of the Order of Null, or who knew what else, while the Teacher, his home and refuge, was laid up in an orbital repair facility somewhere, leaving him no means of flight from possible trouble.

    Running from the Deity

  • During the war, he met Christina Davenport, who, against the wishes of her well-to-do Boston family, served as a nurse in the Italian rear hospital where Alrek had been laid up with a neck injury.

    Strangers at the Feast

  • A person suffering from an ordinary cold may de - clare himself ill, whereas the same person laid up with


  • The heat of the weather, the business of the farm, to which I have made myself necessary, forbade it; and to give one round reason for all, mature sanus, I have laid up my


  • Dove hath bin laid up with the Gout a Consider able time which I beleive hath bin a great damage to the Ship, but what hath done her the most damage hath bin a malicious lye raised of her leaking, Said first to be bruited by some of her men but hath bin mightily Improved Since which hath scared Sevl.

    Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, May 25 and July 8, 1728

  • When an individual uses a new word, if illformed it is rejected in society, if wellformed, adopted, and, after due time, laid up in the depository of dictionaries.


  • She and Shay had walked all the way into the city center before calling Tachs to bring new boards, a hike that would have laid up any normal human for days.



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