Mrs. Bines, stooping, took the limp and wide-eyed Paul up in her arms.

Now you and sis never get up with any such light poetic notion as that.

He was so good they shot him all up one night last fall over to Wardner.

Miss Avice won't be down, sir, and I'm to fetch her up a pot of coffee, sir.

Take it at once, and tell her I shall be up to see her presently.

Philothea was stooping to unlace her sandal, and she immediately picked it up.

Consolidated is no now, and it'll be up to 150 by April at the latest.

Is that brother of hers you told me about still makin' up to that party?

"And copper's up two points to-day," said Percival, cheerfully.

Do this up to the limit of your capital and I will make good anything you lose.


Old English up, uppe, from Proto-Germanic *upp- "up" (cf. Old Frisian up; Old Norse upp; Danish, Dutch op; Old High German uf, German auf "up"; Gothic iup "up, upward," uf "on, upon, under;" OHG oba, German ob "over, above, on, upon"), from PIE root *upo "up from below" (cf. Sanskrit upa "near, under, up to, on," Greek hypo "under, below," Latin sub "under;" see sub-).

Meaning "exhilarated, happy" first attested 1815. Musical up tempo (adj.) is recorded from 1948. Up-and-coming "promising" is from 1848. Phrase on the up-(and-up) "honest, straightforward" first attested 1863, American English. Up the river "in jail" first recorded 1891, originally in reference to Sing Sing, which is up the Hudson from New York City. To drive someone up the wall (1951) is from the notion of the behavior of lunatics or caged animals. Insulting retort up yours (scil. ass) attested by late 19c.


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