Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
get it up
vulgar slang To achieve, have, and/or maintain an erection of the penis. Many associate erectile dysfunction with old age, but in truth, men of all ages can have trouble getting it up for myriad reasons.
1. To stand from a seated or reclining position. Come on, kids, get up—it's time to go.
2. To physically move to a higher level. How is she going to get up the steps if her leg is in a cast for six weeks?
3. To wake up. I don't know why I got up so early this morning. Believe me, I didn't set my alarm for 6 AM!
4. To wake one up. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "get" and "up." Go get your brother up so that he can have breakfast before the bus comes.
5. To train or prepare someone for something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "get" and "up." Our coach has been trying to get us up for the big game this Saturday.
6. To climb onto something, usually something that will boost one to a particular height. I think I'll be able to reach that high shelf if I get up on this chair.
7. To generate. It took me awhile to get up the nerve to confront my coworker about constantly taking my things.
8. To organize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "up." Will you get up the proposal for our meeting on Tuesday?
9. To outfit someone or oneself in something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is often used between "get" and "up." It's not a fancy event, so don't get yourself up in anything that nice.
10. vulgar slang For a man, to get an erection. In this usage, a noun or pronoun, especially "it," can be used between "get" and "up." He can't get it up anymore, not without a pill.
get oneself up
1. to arise from bed; to rise to one's feet. I've got to get myself up and get going. Get yourself up and get going.
2. Rur. to dress oneself up. I got myself up in my Sunday best. Jane got herself up as if she were a movie star.
get someone up (for something)
to get someone into peak condition for something; to prepare someone for something. I hope we can get Walter up for the race. Sharon was not quite prepared for the race, and the trainer did everything possible to get her up.
get someone up
to wake someone up; to get someone out of bed. I've got to get John up, or he will be late for work. Can you get yourself up, or should I call you?
get something up
to organize, plan, and assemble something. Let's get a team up and enter the tournament. I think we can get up a team quite easily.
get up (from something)
to go to a standing position from a lower position. She got up from the chair and walked to the door. I don't want to get up from this hammock unless I just have to.
get up something
to manage to climb something. I was so tired I couldn't get up the stairs. The entire group was able to get up the side of the mountain.
to wake up and get out of bed. What time do you usually get up? I get up when I have to.
1. Arise from bed; also, sit or stand up. For example, Once I get up and have coffee, I'm ready to work. One of Irving Berlin's earliest hit songs was "Oh! How I hate to Get Up in the Morning" (1918). [Mid-1300s]
2. Ascend, mount, as in I hate to get up on a ladder. [First half of 1500s]
3. Create or organize, as in She got up the petition against zoning. [Late 1500s]
4. Dress or adorn, as in She plans to get herself up in a bizarre outfit. This usage is most often put in the form of the past participle ( got up), as in The wedding albums were got up with ruffles and lace. [Late 1700s]
5. Draw on, create in oneself, as in I finally got up the nerve to quit, or Joe got up his courage and told the boss he was leaving. [Early 1800s] Also see get someone's back up; also see the subsequent idioms beginning with get up.
get it up(of a man) achieve an erection. vulgar slang
1. To arise from bed or rise to one's feet: We must be quiet until the babies get up from their nap. I got up from the chair and turned the light on. During intermission I got up and went to the lobby.
2. To go to or over the top of something: You can reach the higher shelf if you get up on that stool.
3. To reach some particular level or place: The temperature got up to 100 degrees. This floor is restricted—How did you get up here? It took an hour to get up the mountain.
4. To act as the creator or organizer of something: We got up a petition against the plan for a new garbage dump.
5. To build up or achieve some mental state that is needed to do something: I stood on the edge of the diving board until I got the courage up to jump. I finally got up the strength to tell my boss I needed a raise.
6. To dress or adorn oneself. Used chiefly reflexively: She got herself up in a bizarre outfit.
get it up
1. tv. to get an erection of the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He’s so drunk all the time, he can hardly get it up.
2. tv. to get excited about something. I just couldn’t get it up about going off to college.