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Related to gather up: take hold, take into account, lined up
gather something up
to collect something; to pick something up. Let's gather our things up and go. Please gather up your things.
1. To bring together or collect something that is distributed or scattered: I gathered up my dress and stepped over the puddle. I gathered the papers up and put them in my briefcase.
2. To come together or be more concentrated in one place: The cloth gathers up at the hem of this dress.