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1. To lose moisture. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Hey, if you don't want that marker to dry up, put the cap back on it!
2. To remove wetness from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Let me get you a towel so you can dry up that spill.
3. To heal an inflammatory skin condition, such as acne or a rash. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Don't worry, the doctor prescribed something that should dry this rash up straight away. That cream dried up my acne practically overnight.
4. Of an inflammatory skin condition, to become healed or relieved. If the rash doesn't dry up in a few weeks, you should see a dermatologist.
5. To go away or leave. Oh, dry up and give me some peace and quiet!
6. To stop talking; to be quiet. Typically used as an imperative. Oh, dry up already! I'm sick of hearing you complain.
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dry something up
1. . to cause moisture to dry away to nothing. Dry this spill up with the hair dryer. Will the hair dryer dry up this mess?
2. to cure a skin rash by the use of medicine that dries. Let's use some of this to try to dry that rash up. This medicine will dry up your rash in a few days.
1. Lit. [for something] to dry away to nothing. Finally, the water on the track dried up, and the race was able to continue. When will the fields dry up so we can plant?
2. Fig. [for someone] to be quiet or go away. Dry up, you jerk! I wish you would dry up!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Gradually become unproductive, as in After two collections of short stories, his ability to write fiction dried up. Also see well's run dry.
2. Stop talking; also, cause to stop talking. For example, Dry up! You've said enough. [Slang; mid-1800s]
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 become devoid of liquid or moisture: During the drought, the pond dried up.
2. To cause something to become devoid of liquid or moisture: She dried up the wet table with a towel. He spilled some water on his pants and dried it up with a hair dryer.
3. To become unavailable gradually: The money for the grant dried up because of funding problems.
4. To stop talking suddenly: The suspect realized he was talking to the police without his lawyer and quickly dried up.
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.
exclam. Shut up!; Go away and don’t bother me! Aw, dry up! I’ve heard enough.
See also: dry
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