fold up

[ fohld-uhp ]SEE DEFINITION OF fold up

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FOLD UP

Rosemary began to fold up the napkins and put them back in the box.

When these are finished, clear the table, and fold up the cloth.

She did not, as usual, shake her straw bed and fold up the rug.

"Fold up that paper," said he, quickly, putting something into her hands.

They fold up alongside the box and are held there by spring-brass clips.

Roll or fold up the omelette and slip it on a hot buttered dish.

There would be no dining table to keep his elbows off from; no napkin to fold up.

I will fold up my banner, and become again a simple soldier.

No, nothing that will do—so fold up the Chronicle, quick, for the stage is starting.

On quitting the table, it is not necessary to fold up your napkin.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English faldan (Mercian), fealdan (West Saxon), transitive, "to bend cloth back over itself," class VII strong verb (past tense feold, past participle fealden), from Proto-Germanic *falthan, *faldan (cf. Middle Dutch vouden, Dutch vouwen, Old Norse falda, Middle Low German volden, Old High German faldan, German falten, Gothic falþan).

The Germanic words are from PIE *pel-to- (cf. Sanskrit putah "fold, pocket," Albanian pale "fold," Middle Irish alt "a joint," Lithuanian pleta "I plait"), from root *pel- (3) "to fold" (cf. Greek ploos "fold," Latin -plus).

The weak form developed from 15c. In late Old English also of the arms. Intransitive sense, "become folded" is from c.1300 (of the body or limbs); earlier "give way, fail" (mid-13c.). Sense of "to yield to pressure" is from late 14c. Related: Folded; folding.

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