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Related to move up: move up and down
1. Literally, to move someone or something to a higher physical location. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "move" and "up." Would you move the pans up to the next shelf so I can use this one for plates? I moved up the painting a little bit from where you had it. I just think it fits the space of the wall a bit better now.
2. To advance or elevate one's position. I was only in the company for a few months before I started moving up. It's unsurprising how quickly Sarah has moved up in the company—her tenacity and determination are matched only by her intelligence and talent.
3. To advance or elevate someone else's position. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "move" and "up." I hear they only moved him up because he has some dirt on the CEO.
4. To elevate or improve one's social, political, and/or financial position in life; to become more successful than one was before. You're only going to truly move up in the world if you make a point of rubbing elbows with those of a higher social standing. The Robinsons really moved up in life after they won the lottery.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
move someone or something up
to cause someone or something to go higher or more forward. She is too far down. Move her up one step. Would you move the sofa up a little? It is too far back.
move someone up
to advance or promote someone. We are ready to move you up. You have been doing quite well. It will be years before they move up the new people.
move up (to something)
to advance to something; to purchase a better quality of something. We are moving up to a larger car. There are too many of us now for a small house. We are moving up.
move up to
advance; to go higher. Isn't it about time that I move up? I've been an office clerk for over a year. I had hoped that I would move up faster than this.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, move up in the world. Advance, rise to a higher level, succeed, as in Gene hoped he would move up in the new division, or That new house and car show they are moving up in the world. Also see come up, def. 4.
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 cause something to change or move to a higher or more advanced position: Please move these boxes up to the top shelf. The attic lacked furniture, so we moved up some old chairs.
2. To change or move to a higher or more advanced position or value: She couldn't see the football game well from the field, so she moved up to the stands. He waited in line for a long time before he moved up at all. Stock prices have moved up recently.
3. To attain higher status, income, or social standing: I started my job here as a clerk, but I moved up quickly and now I own the company.
4. To change the date or time of some scheduled event to an earlier date or time: Several of our friends were leaving town in July, so we moved up our party to early June. To avoid staying too late tonight, we should move the meeting up a few hours.
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.