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Otherwise, there was no way of using up half an hour just eating.

You will see by the evidence of this piece of paper that I am using up my stationery.

We have been using up a lot of joys lately, don't you think?

And no doubt will be using up still larger amounts in the future.

Much ingenuity is shown in using up odds and ends of things.

It is also a capital way of using up cold fish and stale bread.

But he is using up his life too fast, he is ruining his health.

Sudden crises such as this unnerved him, by using up his forces.

By the way, he's knocking round at the seashore some where using up the time.

That's because Fortescue—and Fletcher Hill—are using up the labour for the mine.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., from Old French us, from Latin usus "use, custom, skill, habit," from past participle stem of uti (see use (v.)).

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