buy up(redirected from bought it up)
1. To purchase all of a particular item or thing that is available. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "up." That toy is so popular that parents are buying it up all over town! Good luck getting a house in that town with investors buying up everything that goes on the market.
2. To purchase something quickly, perhaps in large quantities. A noun or pronoun can be used between "buy" and "up." As soon as people hear the word "snow" in the forecast, they start buying up milk and bread. Since it was announced that this model would no longer be made, collectors have begun buying it up.
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buy something up
to buy all of something; to buy the entire supply of something. He bought the oranges up from all the groves. He bought up all the oranges and drove up the price.
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Purchase all that is available, as in They want to buy up all the land in this area. This term was first recorded in a law enacted under Henry VIII: "They buy up all manner of fish."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To purchase something entirely or completely: The real estate agent bought up all the land in the area. I wanted to get one of those T-shirts, but someone has already bought them up.
2. To quickly purchase as much of something as possible, especially when supplies are limited: People are buying up food supplies in case the blizzard hits. I bought all the donuts up at the bakery and took them to work.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.