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1. To teleport someone or something, as in the stereotypical portrayals of aliens returning to their spaceship from Earth. In this new sci-fi movie, ordinary people get beamed up to an alien spaceship.
2. To die. The old man down the street is back in the hospital, and his family is worried that he'll beam up this time.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
beam someone or something up (to some place)
to transport someone or something (up) to something. (Originally in the context of a Star Trek adventure, but also used jocularly.) The captain asked the first mate to beam him up. Please beam up the crew, Roger. Beam me up so I can see your penthouse suite!
Sl. to die. (Alluding to the television program Star Trek.) Pete Dead? I didn't think he was old enough to beam up. I was so exhausted after climbing four flights that I was afraid I would beam up.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
in. to die. (From the television program Star Trek.) Pete Dead? I didn’t think he was old enough to beam up.
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