connect (up) to (someone or something)

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connect (up) to (someone or something)

1. To physically join people or things together. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." The handcuffs kept the thief connected to the chair as he was questioned. If you don't connect this piece to that one, the base will be lopsided.
2. To be involved in or linked to something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." Once he became connected to that scandal, his political career was over.
3. To successfully access a connection to something, such as electricity or the Internet. A noun or pronoun can be used between "connect" and "to." I'm having a hard time connecting to the Wi-Fi here.
See also: connect, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

connect (up) to something

to attach to something; to attach or link something to some electrical device or electrical signal. When we finish the house, we will connect up to the utilities. We have to connect to the Internet ourselves.
See also: connect, to

connect someone or something(up) to someone or something

 and connect someone or something (up) with someone or something 
1. Lit. to connect people or things in any combination, physically or by wires. The nurse connected Maggie up to the electrocardiograph. Eric connected the machine to the wall plug. The receptionist connected my call up to Susan.
2. Fig. to make a mental connection between people and things in any combination. I connected myself up to a person with similar interests. I often connect up Bob to sailing, because I first met him on a boat.
3. Fig. to argue that someone or something is linked to a criminal or a criminal act. I can connect Eric to the crime. The police connected the stolen goods to Susan.
See also: connect, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Besides, those who contrive this plan of community cannot easily avoid the following evils; namely, blows, murders involuntary or voluntary, quarrels, and reproaches, all which it would be impious indeed to be guilty of towards our fathers and mothers, or those who are nearly related to us; though not to those who are not connected to us by any tie of affinity: and certainly these mischiefs must necessarily happen oftener amongst those who do not know how they are connected to each other than those who do; and when they do happen, if it is among the first of these, they admit of a legal expiation, but amongst the latter that cannot be done.
A Libertine spokesman said: "Any comments concerning the reason for not granting entry certainly did not come from anyone employed or connected to us and are in no way reflective of our door policy."
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, states: "We are increasingly receiving calls from concerned supporters regarding these bags and are saddened to hear several people think they're supporting us, but they're actually donating to 'The Air Ambulance Service' which isn't connected to us."
It is also connected to US economic data that noted a decrease in producer prices which was worse than last December's forecasts.
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The offices are part of HHS/FDA's Beyond Our Borders initiative, which will eventually place 35 HHS/FDA personnel in 14 locations around the world, most connected to US Embassies, Consulates and Missions.
Edited by Mackby (a fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, US) and Cornish (head of the International Security Programme at Chatham House, UK), this volume marks the 50-year anniversary of the 1958 Mutual Defense Agreement between Britain and the United States by examining historical, current, and future issues connected to US and British cooperation on nuclear weapons.
It covers US civilian space policy priorities 50 years after Sputnik; government activities, commercial competition, and satellite exports in space launch vehicles; space stations; the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle; appropriations and current issues connected to US military space programs; the future of the Space Shuttle program; issues concerning the "Vision for Space Exploration," issues concerning the Department of Defense's space-based infrared system and space tracking and surveillance system programs; and whether NASA should proceed with a servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
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