1. To prepare oneself by applying powder of some kind. Make sure you powder up before you put on that equipment, or it will chaff you really badly. Excuse me a moment, I'm just going to the restroom to powder up.
2. To coat something with liberal amounts of powder, typically talcum powder. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "powder" and "up." She said she powders her thighs up to keep them from chaffing when she wears a skirt or dress. I powder up the inside of my shoes with antifungal medication to combat my athlete's foot.
3. To crush something completely into powder. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "powder" and "up." You'll need to powder this up before dissolving it in a chemical solution. He powdered up the pills and snorted them up his nose.
slang Intoxicated with cocaine (which is typically ground into a powder and snorted into one's nostrils). I could tell by her eyes, her twitchy behavior, and her constant sniffing that she was totally powdered up. We spent the whole night drinking beer and getting powdered up.
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Sl. to drink heavily; to get drunk. Let's go out and powder up. He's at the tavern powdering up.
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in. to drink heavily; to get drunk. He’s at the tavern powdering up.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. Most of the bums in the gutter are really powdered.
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