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conjure up

1. Literally, to cause something to appear, as by magic or other supernatural means. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." The magician wowed the crowd when he waved his hands and seemingly conjured up a rabbit.
2. To locate something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." Hang on, let me see if I can conjure up a pen for you. Any luck conjuring up some limes?
3. To evoke thoughts or images of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "conjure" and "up" or after "up." We can't name our baby Glinda—that name immediately conjures up images of The Wizard of Oz! As an author, your job is to conjure up the action in the reader's mind.
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conjure someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to make someone or something appear, seemingly by the use of magic. The magician conjured seven white doves up. Then an old wizard conjured up a horse.
2. Fig. to manage to locate someone or something. I think I can conjure a pencil up for you. Do you think you can conjure up a large coffee urn in the next half hour?
3. Fig. to manage to think up or imagine someone or something in one's mind. Can you conjure a vision of grandma up? All I could do was to conjure up happy memeories.
See also: conjure, up
References in classic literature ?
said the farmer; and opening the oven he saw all the delicious, tempting dishes his wife had hidden there, but which he now believed the wizard in the sack had conjured up for them.
He says,' replied Little Klans, 'that he has also conjured up for us three bottles of wine; they are standing in the corner by the oven
J K Rowling If the woman who conjured up Voldemort and all his oh-so uncuddly friends describes something as "visceral," I think it wise to take notice.
DANNY WILLETT conjured up a divine chip to snatch victory from Marcus Fraser in a thrilling play-off at the BMW International Open in Cologne
More "one of us" than Michael McIntyre, subtler than John Bishop and fonder of self-mockery than Peter Kaye, the moments of social awkwardness he conjured up - from being in Tesco, next to his DVD, to meeting Mickey Rourke - were cringingy believable, and the domestic trials of tipping, nappies, checkouts, biscuits, names that have passed their sell-by date and a dizzying number of other homely topics, were also a natural and mainly very funny fit.
THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE (PG, 111 mins) Ever since Harry Potter worked his magic on the big screen, films featuring fantasy and sorcery have conjured up big business at the box office.
THE West Indies and England conjured up an exciting final day of the series but overall it was a forgettable contest for cricket fans and punters alike, writes James Milton.
Instead, the paper of broken-record mused airily about "white-supremacist views" and conjured up the ghosts of "Know-Nothings and the Klan.
Time conjured up lists of the Top Ten Break-Ups (Madonna and Guy Ritchie), Ten Top Fashion Faux Pas (Anna Wintour's fossil dress) and even the Ten Top Bank Slogans ("What's in your wallet?
But after the shambolic performance by Amy Winehouse on the same stage, the bands conjured up an outstanding concert to prove there is no substitute for class or experience.
If the paintings that spawned Sallemania two decades ago conjured up cinematic montage and theatrical staging, the "Vortex" series conjures up .
Just the phrase 'corpse bride' conjured up all sorts of things and planted a seed,'' says Burton.
And one man who plainly put himself in line for an extension was the enigmatic Whittaker, who conjured up a superb hat-trick, including a last- gasp penalty, in the 3-2 victory at Ashton last Saturday which kept Boro in contention for the Nationwide North championship.
Whirlwind Heat's frenzied mixture of the kind of rackets conjured up by Mudhoney and The Melvins the band
Just hours after Europe's and America's finest golfers had conjured up a sporting treat of pure drama, a solitary German's hamfisted attempt to stage-manage the finale at Indianapolis yesterday simply produced another Ferrari farrago.