hike up(redirected from hikes up)
1. To increase the amount of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hike" and "up." I can't believe she hiked up her prices again. She's charging way more than I want to pay for a haircut.
2. To pull something up, usually an article of clothing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hike" and "up." These pants must be too big now because I constantly have to hike them up.
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hike (something) up
to raise something, such as prices, interest rates, a skirt, pants legs, etc. The grocery store is always hiking prices up. She hiked up her skirt so she could wade across the creek.
1. To pull up or raise something with a sudden motion, especially a piece of clothing: He hiked up his pants when we crossed the stream. She hiked her skirt up so it wouldn't get wet.
2. To raise or increase something in amount, especially abruptly: Vendors hiked up prices at the end of summer. The contractor hiked up the estimate of the amount of days needed to build the garage.
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