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1. To increase. House prices in our neighborhood have gone up significantly, so we're thinking of selling. The temperature is supposed to go up to 90 today, so I hope your air conditioner is working!
2. To walk over or up to something. I'll just go up to the salesman and ask how much this vacuum costs.
3. To be built or constructed. When will that house across the street finally go up? It seems like they've been building it for months.
4. To climb or ascend something. The kids went up the steps and then slid down the slide.
5. To struggle to perform something, as before an audience. I memorized all of my lines so that I wouldn't go up on opening night.
6. To go somewhere north of one's current location. I don't want to go up to Boston in the winter—I much prefer these Florida winters.
7. To be ignited or burn. Be careful with those candles—I don't want this whole house to go up in flames!
8. To begin to happen, typically of something audible. Shouts went up as the burglar took off through the park.
9. To visit a larger or more bustling city or town. We don't go up to the city too often now that we have the baby.
10. To visit some place or thing that is away from the center of the city or town. Has anyone been up to that new restaurant yet? I haven't yet because it's so far away from everything else in town.
11. slang To begin to be affected by a drug. When I go up, I become much more outgoing and love to dance.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
go up something
to climb up something. The monkey went up the tree in no time. How fast can you go up this rope?
[for something] to go higher. Gasoline prices are still going up. Prices keep going up and up, no matter what.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Be put up, as in New buildings are going up all over town.
2. Rise; increase. For example, His temperature is going up at an alarming rate, or The costs of construction are going up all the time. [Late 1800s]
3. Also, be gone up. Be destroyed, ruined, done for; also, die, be killed. For example, If we're not back in a week, you'll know we've gone up, or In spite of our efforts, the plans for a new library are gone up. [Slang; mid-1800s]
4. Forget one's lines on the stage or make a mistake in performing music. For example, Don't worry, you know your part and you won't go up, or He went up in the last movement of the sonata. [Slang; 1960s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with go up.
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 ascend something: It became colder as we went up the mountain. Let's go up to the roof deck and watch the fireworks.
2. To travel north: Next summer, let's go up to Alaska where it won't be so hot. We went up and stayed with a friend in Canada.
3. To go to a less central location in a town or city: We went up to the new movie theater to see an art film.
4. To go to some larger town or city: On the weekends we often go up to New York. We went up and saw a show in the city.
5. go up to To extend or to reach some point or time: My new calendar only goes up to December.
6. To approach someone or something: I went up to the counter and asked for a soda. Your friends have arrived—why don't you go up and say hello?
7. To increase in value or intensity: If the temperature goes up, the snow will melt.
8. To begin to burn: A spark from the train lit the nearby brush, and the entire field went up.
9. To be constructed or in the process of construction: New buildings are going up all over the city.
10. To occur or arise. Used of noises made by crowds: We heard a cheer go up whenever the team scored a goal.
11. go up against To be confronted with an opponent or challenge: In the third round, I went up against the best player in the league.
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.
in. to start to feel the effects of a drug. (Drugs.) Gert started to go up and suddenly fell asleep.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.