EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CURL UP

You have only to stand up to them, and they curl up like mongrel curs.

When paper has been rolled, it tends to curl up again after being unrolled.

In the car she bade me curl up in the seat, and I curled up.

With a fierce resolution he tried to curl up his trunk in defiance.

"I'll just curl up in this old coat and rest a bit," she thought.

They curl up their legs, draw down their antennæ, and drop to the ground.

If it is silk, it will curl up; if it is heavily weighted, it will keep its shape.

Why, they could even bring a book and curl up in the shelter of the boxes and read.

A glaze that is too fine will crack and peel off or will curl up in the kiln.

When once fire gets a start, they crackle and curl up like pasteboard.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., metathesis of crulle (c.1300), probably from an unrecorded Old English word or from Middle Dutch krul "curly," from Proto-Germanic *krusl- (cf. East Frisian krull "lock of hair," Middle High German krol, Norwegian krull, Danish krølle "curl"). The noun is recorded from c.1600.

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