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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAKING UP

He went all over me, taking up a collection, and did first-rate.

Let me say at once that I am not taking up the question of the psychic, or entering into it at all.

Taking up the pouch, she handed it to him, and he clutched it with a strange eagerness.

And I can't, somehow, feel just right about him taking up this jumping business.

Then, taking up his staff, he left the spot and went merrily on his way.

Haydn, speaking of his art, said, “It consists in taking up a subject and pursuing it.”

But are you sure you're right in taking up Turl's cause so heartily?

A huge table, taking up two-thirds of the room, was her ironing-table.

Taking up a Bondon, she turned it round, and put it down on the slab again.

"Come with me, then," said he, taking up one of the candles.

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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