- 1Raise to a higher position or level: he lifted his trophy over his headMore example sentences
- He also knows that whoever lifts the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Bombay next month will know that they've been through a scrap to end all scraps.
- It is a startling admission from the manager who ended the club's 36-year wait for a trophy by lifting the Tennents Scottish Cup two years ago.
- The only time that a Burnley captain has lifted the famous old trophy was in 1914 and within months a World War had started.
- 1.1Move (one’s eyes or face) to face upward and look at someone or something: he lifted his eyes from the paper for an instantMore example sentences
- And for the first time that day, Valerie lifted her eyes upwards and almost gasped at where she had wandered to.
- He paused as the woman moved away, then lifted his eyes to the ceiling again.
- I stole fifteen minutes to go and sit on the patio, closing my eyes and lifting my face to the sun.
- 1.2Increase the volume or pitch of (one’s voice): Willie sang boldly, lifting up his voiceMore example sentences
- So when some police officers do that, my voice will be lifted primarily to find out why they would do such a thing, not to call for their heads.
- Before he climbed into the back seat, he turned to the house and lifted his voice to its full volume.
- 1.3Increase (a price or amount): higher than expected oil prices lifted Oklahoma’s revenueMore example sentences
- The ability to boost prices is helping to lift margins despite rising costs.
- Farmers are now expecting prices to lift by an equivalent amount.
- It warned that it expected raw material prices to lift by a similar amount this year.
- 1.4Transport by air: a helicopter lifted 11 crew members to safety from the shipMore example sentences
- Five men were injured and were lifted by medevac helicopter to another base.
- It became so large that the aquarium arranged for it to be lifted by helicopter to the ocean.
- Among these were 2,132 people in isolated villages who were lifted out by helicopter.
- 1.5Hit or kick (a ball) high into the air.More example sentences
- He'll never hit long homers, but he has such remarkable bat control that he can alter his swing to lift the ball.
- When you have to lift or flip the ball into the air, you bring more moving parts into play, and this hurts your feel.
- A bowler who exerts a lot of energy into lifting and turning the ball to get a lot of revolutions and hook.
- 1.6 [no object] Move upward; be raised: Thomas’s eyelids drowsily lifted their voices lifted in wails and criesMore example sentences
- Once, when she was in elementary school, the nun stood at the front of a church filled with children out in the pews with their voices lifted in song.
- Contracting her abs, she keeps her chin lifted and raises her upper torso as high as possible.
- His eye-lids lifted and he managed a quirk of a smile in greeting.
- 1.7 [no object] (Of a cloud, fog, etc.) move upward or away: the factory smoke hung low, never lifted the gray weather lifted on the following Wednesday
- 1.8Perform cosmetic surgery on (especially the face or breasts) to reduce sagging: surgeons lift and remove excess skin from the face and neckMore example sentences
- When surgeons perform a facelift they lift the skin of the face and neck and expose a raw surface.
- The mid-facelift is performed to lift this soft tissue back into a higher more youthful appearance.
- The skin will then be lifted up, pulled back and any excess will be trimmed off.
- 2Pick up and move to a different position: he lifted her down from the pony’s backMore example sentences
- He picked her up and lifted her up almost on her shoulder.
- Feeling something crunch beneath him, he lifts himself up and pulls a crinkled plastic bag from the cushion.
- She felt his strong arms snake behind her back, pulling her closer and lifting her up slightly so her toes were barely touching the ground.
- 2.1Enable (someone or something) to escape from an unpleasant situation: two billion barrels of oil that could lift this nation out of chronic povertyMore example sentences
- She was an actress with an opera singer's voice and vocal skills, which enabled her to lift her performances out of the banal into the realms of realism.
- The deal is aimed at opening up global markets to producers from the developing world, enabling them to start lifting their countries out of poverty.
- Just half of the amount could pay off the international debt of 22 of the poorest countries in Africa, lifting millions of people out of poverty.
- 3Raise (a person’s spirits or confidence); encourage or cheer: we heard inspiring talks that lifted our spiritsMore example sentences
- His voice lifts the soul and spirit inspiring our party of schoolchildren to take an excitingly fresh tilt at the English countryside.
- This is powerful, tender, big-hearted and dangerously exciting music that's fit to lift the spirits and raise parties from the dead.
- Your letters did much to boost his morale and lift his spirits.
- 3.1 [no object] (Of a person’s mood) become happier: suddenly his heart lifted, and he could have wept with reliefMore example sentences
- Thanks, but as you can see, her mood is finally lifting, thanks to Timmy, Robert, and some close friends.
- I thought my mood would miraculously lift once I didn't have to deal with hate mail and evil comments.
- He walked into the restaurant and the mood lifted.
- 4Formally remove or end (a legal restriction, decision, or ban): the European Community lifted its oil embargo against South AfricaMore example sentences
- But the government Monday lifted the ban, and said it would welcome aid.
- It has paid lobbyists to persuade government ministers to lift restrictions on operating casinos.
- The latest surge follows Taiwan's decision last year to lift some restrictions on investing in China.
- 5 • informal Steal (something, especially a minor item of property): the shirt she had lifted from a supermarketMore example sentences
- He plays a high-stakes burglar who lifts the diamonds and then gets hoodwinked by a rival gang.
- Twenty-five per cent of house burglaries are sneak-ins and almost half are offences, where the burglar lifts keys from the house to steal the car.
- Apparently he immediately dismissed me as harmless - I wasn't going to shoplift or lift the cash register.
- 5.1Use (a person’s work or ideas) without permission or acknowledgment; plagiarize: this is a hackneyed adventure lifted straight from a vintage Lassie episodeMore example sentences
- It could have been lifted straight out of the '80s.
- The congestion charge, introduced in London on Monday, has been lifted straight out of the professor's 1951 essay.
- It is the kind of story which could have been lifted straight from the pages of one of her fictional tales.
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- 1Something that is used for lifting, in particular.More example sentences
- The council will not provide a chair lift, a bath hoist, ceiling hoist or a permanent ramp.
- He hoisted me up in a lopsided fireman's lift and carried me out.
- The vice president's wife rode a hydraulic lift to reach the top of the 40-foot tree.
- 1.1 British term for elevator.
- 1.2A device incorporating a moving cable for carrying people, typically skiers, up or down a mountain.More example sentences
- The year before, I had begun getting her used to the mountains by carrying her on lifts and skiing down gentle slopes, holding her in my arms like a baby kangaroo.
- Why do we stretch to the limits of our stamina and sometimes risk our lives climbing mountains, when chair lifts and gondolas provide comfort?
- A maze of quality runs links lifts at the mountain top, the only fault being the lack of decent slopes heading back down into the town.
- 1.3A built-up heel or device worn in a boot or shoe to make the wearer appear taller or to correct shortening of a leg.More example sentences
- The patients were rehabilitated in a boot with a heel lift and were permitted full weightbearing as soon as tolerated.
- Showing more leg, when there is leg worth showing, will make you appear taller, as will a shoe with a little lift to it.
- Differences greater than 2 cm may merit correction with heel lifts.
- 2An act of lifting: weightlifters attempting a particularly heavy liftMore example sentences
push, boost, hoist, heave, thrust, shove
- The other two days, go light on these lifts but heavy on all others.
- I never do burns for heavy compound lifts, such as squats or bent rows.
- There were none, except perhaps the slight lift of an eyebrow as he noticed Cory's gaze.
- 2.1A rise in price or amount: the company has already produced a 10 percent lift in profitsMore example sentences
- "Perhaps they are trying to give the share price a lift, " he said.
- And he predicts a big lift in goat prices is on the way.
- There is nothing better than a lift in beef prices at the start of September to put more pep in the step of producers and yesterday was one of those days.
- 2.3An upward force that counteracts the force of gravity, produced by changing the direction and speed of a moving stream of air: it had separate engines to provide lift and generate forward speedMore example sentences
- Such torques are proposed to be counteracted anteriorly by lift forces generated by the head and pectoral fins.
- Gliding works by having a gliding airfoil design that generates lift forces, keeping the animal in the air longer.
- Any secondary school physics text or pilot licence manual will tell you that aerofoils generate lift because of the Venturi effect.
- 2.4The maximum weight that an aircraft can raise.More example sentences
- To sustain an airplane in the air it is enough that the lift be equal to the weight, but for an airplane take off the lift must be bigger than weight.
- Just how large is the inertial force required to oscillate a wing relative to the total lift that the wing must support?
- Under normal flying conditions, they do not increase the lift of the airplane or materially aid the maneuverability.
- 3A free ride in another person’s vehicle: Miss Green is giving me a lift back to schoolMore example sentences
a ride, a drive, transportation
- They wanted a lift in her vehicle; there was no choice but to take them in.
- She almost wasn't, forgetting to book holiday and all, but she's got a free ticket, a lift down there.
- On a walk, at the theatre, in a bus, at a restaurant or a roadside joint, or even when a stranger, who is given a lift by you, rides on the pillion, people are strangely silent.
- 4A feeling of encouragement or increased cheerfulness: winning this game has given everyone on the team a liftMore example sentences
- ‘It has given the security department a lift and it is encouraging that there is now a serious deterrent,’ he said.
- We want to give them a lift, encouraging the good ones to stick with it and resist the temptation to jack it all in and run off with a Spanish waiter.
- He gave a lift and a spur to a BBC office which could often be in a state of chaos.
lift a finger (or hand)
- [usually with negative] Make the slightest effort to do something, especially to help someone: he never once lifted a finger to get Jimmy released from prisonMore example sentences
- Can all of those who are opposed to the sale of the local amenity say with their hand on their heart that they ever lifted a finger to try to make a success of it?
- Local councillors come and go, all express a sincere desire to commiserate, but none has ever lifted a finger.
- You can play this song and think of politicians, or officialdom, or your favourite target of hatred - its strength lies in its subtlety, its ability to point at decaying humanity without ever lifting a finger.
lift his (or its) leg
- • informal (Of a male dog) urinate.More example sentences
- Red lifted his leg and peed happily upon a small sage bush.
- Mr and Mrs This-is-Max-he's a-Labrador took themselves and Max off so fast the poor dog didn't have time to lift his leg on the gate post as he passed.
- In the short one-block distance from our house to hers he had already emptied his bladder, so I told her that if he lifted his leg to mark anything that she should just keep walking because he would be marking with imaginary pee.
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- After several drinks it was barely liftable, and would be a good candidate for breaking toes if you dropped it.
- The 14-way divider keeps tall clubs and short clubs segmented, and an aluminum-plated, liftable compartment protects sunglasses and a cell phone while letting the cart strap slide underneath.
- It also has a hydraulically powered winch with 60’ of cable and a liftable butt plate on the back and small dozer blade on the front.
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- Despite the inclusion of a number of respectable lifters in their squad, they were unable to match not only the technical expertise of the Oxford lifters, but also their cohesion and team spirit.
- Two of those lifters competed in Athens after resurrecting their careers following a drug ban.
- The Turkish lifters wanted to smoke in between lifts, but the American aides were under instructions that no one could smoke indoors.
Middle English: from Old Norse lypta, of Germanic origin; related to loft.