lay up v.
1. (also lay to) to rest, to relax.
|Before the Mast (1989) 30: I ‘Laid up’ last night sick. [Ibid.] 3 Aug. 65: We did nothing after 8 bells so I ‘laid to’ with a book.diary 28 Apr. in Gosnell|
|Leicester Chron. 6 Nov. 9/1: About this time he had a very severe illness, but where he was ‘laid up’ in tramp’s parlance, is not known.|
|Sporting Times 1 Mar. 3/2: Billy Wright is laid up at the Grand, and I was paying a visit of sympathy.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Dec. 168: We were told to lay up till further orders, and thought ourselves safe for the night.|
|Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 109: If ye wanna do a couple o’ overtime tricks ye kin lay up fer all winter.‘Omaha Slim’ in|
|Big Town 45: I’d been laid up mean wile with the Scotch influenza.|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 160: She said she and a barber ‘laid up’ in one [i.e. a boxcar] the first time she took a man.|
|Battlers 201: The Stray and Jimmy had explained to everyone that Snow had left them with a friendly family in Logan while she was laid up with some mysterious ailment.|
|‘The Junkie’ in Life (1976) 101: I was laying up in my pad, no longer sad.et al.|
|Blind Man with a Pistol (1971) 36: What’s unusual about a black brother stealing a whitey’s pants who’s laying up somewhere with a black whore?|
|Carlito’s Way 71: Come Sunday I lay up like a respectable citizen.|
2. (US) to die.
|Life on the Mississippi (1914) 29: It’s all on account of the water the people drink before they laid up.|
3. to live, to be in a place.
|Babbitt (1974) 159: Just because they happen to lay up in a big wad.|
|Let Tomorrow Come 149: There ain’t a real dick goin’ that can’t spot you after you lay up a few years in one o’ these places.|
4. (US, also lie up) to hide, to take refuge.
|Chicago May (1929) 88: If a man kicked free of America, he could lay up with Mr. Oakes.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 404: The Dutchman [...] lays up in a town by the name of New Brunswick.‘The Three Wise Guys’ in|
|Und. Nights 12: He would [...] lie up somewhere, with that timeless patience which all great Creeps possess, until zero hour.|
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 140: lay up Having acquired a large supply of drugs, to withdraw from hustling and lie about one’s room using the drugs, as in ‘I used the money to buy a big stash of heroin and decided to just lay up for the next couple of weeks’.|
|Brown’s Requiem 11: I laid up at another friend’s crib.|
|Soul Circus 162: You can lay up here for a little while, I guess.|
5. see lay back v.
(US black) of a man, to penetrate a woman.
|‘Like That’ [lyrics] I lay up in you bitch you gon’ cum.|