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English Expressions using ‘UP’

What’s up? Feel like learning more ways to us the word ‘up’ in English? Well you have come to the right place! Today we are going to give it up for this amazing two-letter word that just pops up all over the place in English.

You couldn’t ask for a more versatile word than up – look at all the different ways it can be used:

Expressions using ‘up’:

What’s up?: synonym for ‘How are you?’ ‘What is happening?’ ‘What is going on?’
Example: “What’s up John?” “Oh nothing, I’m just out enjoying the day.”

to pop up: to appear suddenly
Example: The house popped up into view as we turned the corner.

to give it up: a request to give praise or applause
Example: Give it up for the band for putting on such a great show.

to be fed up: to be annoyed
Example: I’m fed up with all this work my boss keeps giving me.

to catch up: to get to the point you should be, after a period of delay
Example: We have to catch up to the rest of the group before they leave on the bus.

two thumbs up: indicates approval, especially for a movie
Example: I give it two thumbs up, it was the best movie I’ve seen all year.

to shut up: stop talking
Example: The mom got so annoyed with all the noise she told her children to shut up.

up-to-date: the latest information or news
Example: The president asked for the most up-to-date report on the crisis.

to listen up: a way of asking people to come to attention and listen carefully
Example: Listen up everyone, we just received our orders for the mission.

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