Phrasal Verbs with UP

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dig up
(separable) to look for and find hidden things or information

Mary was paid thousands of dollars to dig up some dirt on that promising politician.

draw up draw_up
(separable) to prepare

Lee Harvey was happy to have the Soviets draw up the assassination plans.

dream up
(separable) to think of (something new)

The CIA and the KGB were always dreaming up new ways of keeping tabs on each other.

dress up dress_up
(separable) to put on formal or very nice clothing

Mary likes to dress her son up to go to church.

drink up drink_up
(separable) to finish a drink

Bobby drank his juice up and went to bed.

eat up eat_up
(separable) to finish a meal

You must eat up all of your vegetables before you can have cake.

end up end_up
(intransitive) to arrive at a destination or result which may be unplanned or unexpected

Max drank so much last night that he ended up in a strange bed in a strange apartment.

fill up fill_up
(separable) to fill completely

You can borrow my car, but please fill up the tank before you return it.

free up
(separable) to make something available (it was previously unavailable)

Getting fired from my job freed up my schedule quite a bit. Now I can go to the beach anytime I want.

get up get_up
(intransitive) to rise to one?s feet or arise from bed; to climb

Mary gets up at sunrise to go jogging every morning.

get up get_up
(separable) to cause to rise

Mary got Max up early this morning so that he could make her breakfast.

give up give_up
(separable) to stop, quit, or abandon

Max gave up smoking ten years ago.

grow up grow_up
(intransitive) to change from child to adult

Mary thinks that Max will never grow up.

hang up hang_up
(separable) to place something on something (usually a hook or hanger) so that it doesn't touch the ground; to terminate a phone call

Max gets irritated with Mary for not hanging up her clothes after she does the laundry.

hike up
(separable) to pull up or raise (usually clothing)

When he crossed the flooded street, Max hiked up his pants, so they wouldn't get wet.

hike up
(separable) to suddenly raise in amount

Every summer oil companies hike up gas prices. Once Boxmart has destroyed all of its competition in a certain area, they hike up their prices.

hold up hold_up
(separable) to rob using a gun or weapon

Max held up a bank to get some money to buy Mary a ring.

hold up hold_up
(separable) to delay or obstruct

The traffic jam held us up for three hours.

hurry up hurry_up
(intransitive) to do faster

Hurry up. We are running late.

hush up
(intransitive) to become quiet

After the teacher screamed at the top of her lungs, the children hushed up.



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