Definition of lay someone up in English:

lay someone up

phrasal verb

  • Put someone out of action through illness or injury.

    ‘he was laid up with the flu’
    • ‘My Uncle was laid up with an arthritic problem, but from his couch or hobbling about he would carry on renovation to his house.’
    • ‘An infection set in and Gary was laid up for another six months.’
    • ‘I was laid up for 4 weeks following a hernia operation.’
    • ‘Five months ago, he was laid up in a hospital bed unable to move after a freak training accident on Lake Karapiro, when he was hit by a water skier.’
    • ‘At the time I was laid up with a freshly broken ankle, so it certainly took my mind off the pain.’
    • ‘I read the first four back in 2000 when I was laid up with a nasty bronchial thing.’
    • ‘The injury that laid him up for so long, and caused him to wreak revenge was self-inflicted, a result of that desperate lunge.’
    • ‘I was given a flu vaccination but it had an adverse reaction and meant I was laid up for a while.’
    • ‘Her many friends are so sorry to hear she is laid up and we all wish her a speedy recovery.’
    • ‘It was fairly serious, he lost a lot of blood and he was laid up for a long time.’
    bedridden, ill in bed, confined to bed, on the sick list, out of action, out of commission, housebound, immobilized, incapacitated, injured, disabled
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