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*(up)on someone

Fig. to be someone's obligation or responsibility. (*Typically: be ~; lie ~.) The obligation is upon you to settle this. The major part of the responsibility is on you.

*on someone or something

[incriminating or harmful information] about someone or something. (*Typically: get something ~; have something ~; give someone something~.) I've gotten something on Albert that would really shock you. She is trying to get something on her husband so she can divorce him.

on something

 
1. taking a medication. I am on an antibiotic for my chest cold. I want you to be on this drug for another week.
2. taking an illegal drug or controlled substance and acting strangely. What is the matter with that kid? Is he on something? She acted as if she were on barbiturates or something.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on

/at the dot
Exactly at the appointed time; punctual or punctually: arrived at nine o'clock on the dot.

on

/at the double
1. Immediately.
2. In double time.

on

/in behalf of
1. As the agent of; on the part of.
2. For the benefit of; in the interest of.

on

/in the street
1. Without a job; idle.
2. Without a home; homeless.
3. Out of prison; at liberty.

on

/into/down the wind Nautical
In the same or nearly the same direction as the wind.

on

/under pain of
Subject to the penalty of (a specified punishment, such as death).

on

/upon (one's) hands
In one's possession, often as an imposed responsibility or burden: Now they have the grandchildren on their hands.

on

/upon request
When asked for: References are available on request.

on

/upon the heels of
1. Directly behind.
2. Immediately following.

on

(one's)/the way
In the process of coming, going, or traveling: She is on her way out the door. Winter is on the way.

on

its/someone's ear
In a state of amazement, excitement, or uproar: a controversial movie that set the film industry on its ear.
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