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one up British & World English

Having an advantage over someone

up one's sleeve British & World English

(Of a strategy, idea, or resource) kept secret and in reserve for use when needed

up one's street British & World English

Well suited to one’s tastes, interests, or abilities

do someone up British & World English

Dress someone up, especially in an elaborate or impressive way

up to one's armpits British & World English

Deeply involved in a particular unpleasant situation or enterprise

one's blood is up British & World English

One is in a fighting mood

buck up one's ideas British & World English

Become more serious, energetic, and hard-working

keep one's chin up British & World English

Remain cheerful in difficult circumstances

clean up one's act British & World English

Begin to behave in a better way, especially by giving up alcohol, drugs, or illegal activities

keep one's end up British & World English

Perform well in a difficult or competitive situation

put one's feet up British & World English

Take a rest, especially when reclining with one’s feet raised and supported

hold up one's head British & World English

Be confident or unashamed

kick up one's heels British & World English

Have a lively, enjoyable time

make up one's mind British & World English

Make a decision; decide

pick one's feet up British & World English

Raise one’s feet clear of the ground when walking

one's ears prick up British & World English

One becomes suddenly attentive

prick up one's ears British & World English

(Especially of a horse or dog) make the ears stand erect when on the alert

put one's hands up British & World English

Raise one’s hands in surrender

pull one's socks up British & World English

Make an effort to improve one’s work, performance, or behaviour

with one's tail up British & World English

In a confident or cheerful mood

up to one's tricks British & World English

Misbehaving in a characteristic way

beam someone up/down in beam British & World English

(In science fiction) transport someone instantaneously to or from a spaceship

beat someone up British & World English

Assault and injure someone by hitting, kicking, or punching them repeatedly

big British & World English

Praise or recommend something highly

blow someone up British & World English

Reprimand someone severely

buck someone up in buck1 British & World English

Make or become more cheerful

burn someone up British & World English

Make someone very angry

chat someone up British & World English

Engage someone in flirtatious conversation

cry someone/thing up British & World English

Praise (or disparage) someone or something

cut someone up British & World English

(Of a driver) overtake someone and pull in too closely in front of them

drag someone up British & World English

Bring up a child badly

eaten up in eat someone up British & World English

Dominate the thoughts of someone completely

eye someone up in eye British & World English

Look at someone in a way that reveals a particular, especially sexual, interest

feed someone/thing up in feed British & World English

Give a person or animal large amounts of food

feel someone up in feel British & World English

Fondle someone surreptitiously and without their consent, for one’s own sexual stimulation

fit someone/thing out British & World English

Provide someone or something with the necessary equipment, clothes, or other items for a particular situation

fit someone up British & World English

Incriminate someone by falsifying evidence against them

fix someone up in fix British & World English

Arrange for someone to have something; provide someone with something

form people/things up in form British & World English

Bring or be brought into a certain formation

fuck someone up British & World English

Damage or confuse someone emotionally

gear someone/thing up British & World English

Adapt or equip someone or something for a purpose

gee2 British & World English

Command (a horse) to go faster

gen someone up in gen1 British & World English

Provide someone with information

get someone up in get up British & World English

Rise or cause to rise from bed after sleeping

get someone up British & World English

Dress someone in a specified smart, elaborate, or unusual way


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