hop up(redirected from hopping up)
1. To stand up quickly. I hopped up to answer the door.
2. To reach someone or something by hopping. I was just sitting here when, all of a sudden, a bunny hopped up!
3. slang To modify something in order to increase its power or performance. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hop" and "up." He's spent a fortune hopping up his car for drag racing. We've hopped our computers up to run incredibly complex programs at lightning speeds.
4. slang To be high on some substance, often a drug. I've never seen her so energized before—I hope she's not hopped up on something. Kevin is all hopped up on coffee—how many cups do you think he had?
1. Stimulated by drugs or something likened to them. You can tell when he's hopped up because his pupils are all dilated. I woke up feeling awful, and if I hadn't been hopped up on cold medicine, I wouldn't have gotten a thing done today. If the kids are all hopped up on sugar, they'll be running around all day long.
2. Excited. Oh, he's just hopped up about this new video game he got.
3. Faster or more powerful than normal, as of a car that's had such alterations made to it. I can't drive your hopped up car—I can barely handle Mom's minivan!
hop something up
Sl. to make a machine, especially a car, run extra fast or give it extra power. He will take that junk heap home and hop it up. He spent nearly every evening hopping up his old car.
hop up (to someone or something)
[for an animal] to come close to someone or something by hopping. The bunny hopped up to me and just sat there. It hopped up and stared.
1. Sl. intoxicated with drugs or alcohol; stimulated by drugs or alcohol. The old man was hopped up again. He was addicted to opium. John usually gets hopped up on the weekends.
2. Inf. excited; enthusiastic. What are you hopped up about now? You're certainly cheery. I always get hopped up when I think of mountain climbing.
1. Relating to a motor, especially a car engine, whose power has been increased. For example, Kids loved to ride around in hopped-up cars. [Slang; mid-1900s] Also see soup up.
2. Stimulated with, or as if with, a narcotic. For example, Their idea of a good time is to get all hopped up on marijuana or worse. This slangy usage dates from the 1920s but may be related to the late 19th-century use of the noun hop for a narcotic, especially opium.
To stimulate someone with or as if with a drug. Used chiefly in the passive: The drug addicts were hopped up on cocaine.
hop something up
tv. to make a machine, especially a car, run extra fast or give it extra power. He will take that junk heap home and hop it up.
1. mod. stimulated by drugs. (Drugs.) Two hopped up kids were hunkered down in the alley.
2. mod. [of a car] customized and speeded up. As soon as I get this hog hopped up, you’ll see some real speed.
3. mod. excited. Paul is certainly hopped up about something.