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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylay up
he/she/itlays up
present participlelaying up
past tenselaid up
past participlelaid up
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to make someone stay in bed as a result of being sick or injured
    be laid up (in bed) with something:

    He’s still laid up with a bad back.

  2. 2
    to not use a vehicle or ship for a period of time, especially because it needs to be repaired
  3. 3
    same as lay
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