There are 2 definitions of lay up in English:

lay up1

Golf Hit the ball deliberately to a lesser distance than possible, typically in order to avoid a hazard: the conservative thing to do was lay up and settle for a five
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  • In fact, I laid up on every par 5 but still made a birdie each time.
  • I debated with my caddie, Stevie, about laying up.
  • I hit my drive in the fairway, laid up with a 7-iron, then hit a wedge to the back fringe.
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Pronunciation: ˈhjuːbrɪs
noun
excessive pride or self-confidence

There are 2 definitions of lay up in English:

lay-up2

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1 [mass noun] The state whereby a ship is laid up: the ship ended its days in lay-up
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  • It refitted the Silver Wind during her long period in lay-up to resume operating all four ships for the summer season, then withdrew the Silver Cloud at the end of October to undergo a similar refit.
  • It was planned that the third engineer should remain on board throughout the period of lay-up as sole watchman.
  • A prime objective of lay-up is to prepare your boat for the inevitability of freezing conditions.
2 Basketball A one-handed shot made from near the basket, especially one that rebounds off the backboard.
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  • This year my team did really bad because they couldn't hit their jump shots, 3 pointers, lay-ups, or free throws.
  • He never tried jump shots, just lay-ups and dunks.
  • You'll have a number of tools at your disposal to rack up the points on the court, along with the usual jump shots, dunks and lay-ups.

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