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Definition: To be up to
([u^]p), adv. [AS. up, upp, [=u]p; akin to OFries. up,
op, D. op, OS. [=u]p, OHG. [=u]f, G. auf, Icel. & Sw. upp,
Dan. op, Goth. iup, and probably to E. over. See Over
1. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of
gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above;
-- the opposite of down
But up or down,
By center or eccentric, hard to tell. --Milton.
2. Hence, in many derived uses, specifically:
(a) From a lower to a higher position, literally or
figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting
position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a
river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from
concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or
the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or
But they presumed to go up unto the hilltop.
I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth
Up rose the sun, and up rose Emelye. --Chaucer.
We have wrought ourselves up into this degree of
Christian indifference. --Atterbury.
(b) In a higher place or position, literally or
figuratively; in the state of having arisen; in an
upright, or nearly upright, position; standing;
mounted on a horse; in a condition of elevation,
prominence, advance, proficiency, excitement,
insurrection, or the like; -- used with verbs of rest,
situation, condition, and the like; as, to be up on a
hill; the lid of the box was up; prices are up.
And when the sun was up, they were scorched.
Those that were up themselves kept others low.
Helen was up -- was she? --Shak.
Rebels there are up,
And put the Englishmen unto the sword. --Shak.
His name was up through all the adjoining
provinces, even to Italy and Rome; many desiring
to see who he was that could withstand so many
years the Roman puissance. --Milton.
Thou hast fired me; my soul's up in arms.
Grief and passion are like floods raised in
little brooks by a sudden rain; they are quickly
A general whisper ran among the country people,
that Sir Roger was up. --Addison.
Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate. --Longfellow.
(c) To or in a position of equal advance or equality; not
short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, or
the like; -- usually followed by to or with; as, to be
up to the chin in water; to come up with one's
companions; to come up with the enemy; to live up to
As a boar was whetting his teeth, up comes a fox
to him. --L'Estrange.
(d) To or in a state of completion; completely; wholly;
quite; as, in the phrases to eat up; to drink up; to
burn up; to sum up; etc.; to shut up the eyes or the
mouth; to sew up a rent.
Note: Some phrases of this kind are now obsolete; as, to
spend up (--Prov. xxi. 20); to kill up (--B. Jonson).
(e) Aside, so as not to be in use; as, to lay up riches;
put up your weapons.
Note: Up is used elliptically for get up, rouse up, etc.,
expressing a command or exhortation. “Up, and let us
--Judg. xix. 28.
Up, up, my friend! and quit your books,
Or surely you 'll grow double. --Wordsworth.
It is all up with him
, it is all over with him; he is lost.
The time is up
, the allotted time is past.
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.”
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.
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]
To bring up
. See under Bring
, v. t.
To come up with
. See under Come
, v. i.
To cut up
. See under Cut
, v. t. & i.
To draw up
. See under Draw
, v. t.
To grow up
, to grow to maturity.
(Naut.), the order to man the windlass
preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
Up and down
(a) First up, and then down; from one state or position to
another. See under Down
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.
(Naut.), the order given to move the tiller toward
the upper, or windward, side of a vessel.
Up to snuff
. See under Snuff
What is up?
What is going on? [Slang]