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take up with someone

to become close with someone; to become friends with someone. I think that Albert may have taken up with the wrong people. I did not want Lefty to take up with Max, but he did, and look where it's gotten him.
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take up with somebody

to begin a romantic relationship with someone Her sister has taken up with a former high school sweetheart. Immigrants who have left families behind in their home countries sometimes take up with new partners here.
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take up with

Begin to associate with, consort with, as in She took up with a fast crowd. [Early 1600s]
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take up with

Informal
To begin to associate with; consort with: took up with a fast crowd.
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