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go up something
to climb up something. The monkey went up the tree in no time. How fast can you go up this rope?
[for something] to go higher. Gasoline prices are still going up. Prices keep going up and up, no matter what.
1. Be put up, as in New buildings are going up all over town.
2. Rise; increase. For example, His temperature is going up at an alarming rate, or The costs of construction are going up all the time. [Late 1800s]
3. Also, be gone up. Be destroyed, ruined, done for; also, die, be killed. For example, If we're not back in a week, you'll know we've gone up, or In spite of our efforts, the plans for a new library are gone up. [Slang; mid-1800s]
4. Forget one's lines on the stage or make a mistake in performing music. For example, Don't worry, you know your part and you won't go up, or He went up in the last movement of the sonata. [Slang; 1960s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with go up.
1. To ascend something: It became colder as we went up the mountain. Let's go up to the roof deck and watch the fireworks.
2. To travel north: Next summer, let's go up to Alaska where it won't be so hot. We went up and stayed with a friend in Canada.
3. To go to a less central location in a town or city: We went up to the new movie theater to see an art film.
4. To go to some larger town or city: On the weekends we often go up to New York. We went up and saw a show in the city.
5. go up to To extend or to reach some point or time: My new calendar only goes up to December.
6. To approach someone or something: I went up to the counter and asked for a soda. Your friends have arrived—why don't you go up and say hello?
7. To increase in value or intensity: If the temperature goes up, the snow will melt.
8. To begin to burn: A spark from the train lit the nearby brush, and the entire field went up.
9. To be constructed or in the process of construction: New buildings are going up all over the city.
10. To occur or arise. Used of noises made by crowds: We heard a cheer go up whenever the team scored a goal.
11. go up against To be confronted with an opponent or challenge: In the third round, I went up against the best player in the league.
in. to start to feel the effects of a drug. (Drugs.) Gert started to go up and suddenly fell asleep.