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English definition of “lay sth up”

lay sth up

phrasal verb with lay
 
 
/leɪ/ verb [T] (laid, laid)
to stop a machine, ship, or vehicle, for example when it needs repairs or there is not enough work to do: Eighteen of our biggest cargo ships were laid up until business improved.
(Definition of lay sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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