be on the up and up(redirected from are on the up and up)
be on the up and up
1. To be honest and respectable. If your behavior isn't on the up and up, no one here will trust you.
2. To be increasingly successful. I'm investing in that company because it's on the up and up these days.
on the up and up
1. Strictly honest, respectable, and strait-laced. Often hyphenated as "on the up-and-up." Primarily heard in US. If your behavior isn't on the up and up, no one here will trust you. Don't bother trying to bribe him—he's the only politician in this city who's on the up-and-up.
2. Becoming increasingly successful. Often hyphenated as "on the up-and-up." Investors are jumping on board after a number of financial analysts predicted that the company's stock was on the up and up. Wow, another promotion? Sarah's really on the up-and-up these days, isn't she?
on the up and upAMERICAN
If a person or an activity is on the up and up it is honest or legal. We'd like to know where the money came from. It may have been on the up-and-up. I'm an old man and I'm a pretty good judge of men. If you're honest and on the up and up, I'll be able to tell it.
on the up and up1 steadily improving. informal 2 honest or sincere. informal, chiefly North American
on the ˌup and ˈup(informal)
1 (British English) getting better, becoming more successful, etc: Her health is on the up and up. Soon she’ll be out of hospital. ♢ Business is on the up and up.
2 (American English) honest: Before we give him the job, are you sure he’s on the up and up?
on the up and up
Honest, frank, and sincere; legitimate. Literally this term makes little sense; why should “higher and higher” mean open and aboveboard? One writer speculates that something that is “up” can be clearly seen. Despite unclear analogy, the term has been around since the mid-nineteenth century, mainly in America. Dashiell Hammett used it in Red Harvest (1929): “He phoned . . . to find out if the check was on the up and up.”