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1. Literally, to gather or collect something with scooping motion or by using a cup-like utensil. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scoop" and "up." Scoop the muck up and throw it into the barrel over there. He scooped up the tadpole in his hands and brought it over for us to see.
2. To earn, achieve, or win something handily or easily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scoop" and "up." The writer managed to scoop up seven awards last night. It's looking more and more likely that the team will scoop the championship up again this year.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
scoop something up
to gather and remove something by scooping, dipping, or bailing. Karen scooped the nuts up and put them in a bag. Jill scooped up all the money she had won and left the poker table.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To lift or collect something with a scoop or scooping motion: I scooped up a handful of jelly beans. The tractor scooped the dirt up and poured it in the hole.
2. To win or achieve something, especially a prize, easily: The movie scooped up numerous awards. We scooped another win up on Saturday.
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.