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It is all up with him

  • it is all over with him; he is lost.
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The time is up

  • the allotted time is past.
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To be up in

  • to be informed about; to be versed in. "Anxious that their sons should be well up in the superstitions of two thousand years ago." H. Spencer.
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To be up to

  • . (a) To be equal to, or prepared for; as, he is up to the business, or the emergency. Colloq. (b) To be engaged in; to purpose, with the idea of doing ill or mischief; as, I don't know what he's up to. Colloq.
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To blow up

  • . (a) To inflate; to distend. (b) To destroy by an explosion from beneath. (c) To explode; as, the boiler blew up. (d) To reprove angrily; to scold. Slang
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To bring up

  • . See under Bring, v. t.
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To come up with

  • . See under Come, v. i.
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To cut up

  • . See under Cut, v. t. & v. i.
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To draw up

  • . See under Draw, v. t.
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To grow up

  • to grow to maturity.
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Up anchor

  • (Naut.), the order to man the windlass preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
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Up and down

  • adverb moving backward and forward along a given course
    • he walked up and down the locker room
    • all up and down the Eastern seaboard
  • adverb alternately upward and downward
    • he eyed him up and down
  • . (a) First up, and then down; from one state or position to another. See under Down, adv.
    Fortune . . . led him up and down. Chaucer.
    (b) (Naut.) Vertical; perpendicular; said of the cable when the anchor is under, or nearly under, the hawse hole, and the cable is taut. Totten.
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Up helm

  • (Naut.), the order given to move the tiller toward the upper, or windward, side of a vessel.
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Up to snuff

  • . See under Snuff. Slang
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Ups and downs

  • alternate states of elevation and depression, or of prosperity and the contrary. Colloq.
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What is up?

  • What is going on? Slang
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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