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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAKE UP

Soon she was to learn of Tillie's predicament, and to take up the cudgels valiantly for her.

He waited until he saw her sit down at the desk and take up a pen.

And it is at this point that we take up the main thread of our story.

And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.

Let me advise you, not to harden your mind; nor take up your resolution beforehand.

When you think they are nearly done, take up one on a plate and try it.

Then shall we leave them with nothing but mischief to take up their attention?

Was ever such a pitiful dog, to take up with such a mean trollop?

By all means let him take up the Burden of Tyre, so long as he can take it lightly.

It is to them that keep his commandments that he and his Father will come to take up their abode with them.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "that which is taken in payment," from take (v.). Sense of "money taken in" by a single performance, etc., is from 1931. Movie-making sense is recorded from 1927. Criminal sense of "money acquired by theft" is from 1888. The verb sense of "to cheat, defraud" is from 1920. On the take "amenable to bribery" is from 1930.

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