send someone or something up

send up

1. verb To cause something to rise, as into the air. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "up." The erupting volcano sent up huge plumes of steam, ash, and smoke. Everyone at the party sent their balloons up at the same instant, creating a dazzling effect on the summer sky.
2. verb To cause, compel, instruct, or direct someone or something to travel to some high location or level. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "up." Hi Mrs. Jenkins, I understand you're having some issues with your air conditioner. I just wanted to let you know that I'm sending up an engineer this afternoon. Would you please send some refreshments up to the meeting room upstairs?
3. verb To parody, tease, ridicule, or satirize someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "send" and "up." While the movie is obviously sending up the clichés of the genre, it doesn't do anything to meaningfully subvert them or even comment on them. The comedian has sent up every president from the past 30 years with surprisingly accurate impressions.
4. noun A parody or satire of something. Usually hyphenated or spelled as one word. While the movie is obviously a send-up of the genre, it doesn't do anything to meaningfully subvert it or even comment on it.
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send someone or something up

tv. to perform a parody of someone or something. (see also send-up.) Last week, he sent the president up.
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