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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
1. Lit. to order someone to go upward to a higher level; to arrange for something to be taken upward to a higher level. I'll send up Gary. They are hungry on the tenth floor. Let's send some sandwiches up.
2. Fig. to parody or ridicule someone or something. Comedians love to send the president or some other famous person up. The comedian sent up the vice president.
send someone up
Fig. to mock or ridicule, particularly by imitation. Last week, he sent the prime minister up. In his act, he sends up famous people.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Put in prison, as in He'll be sent up for at least ten years. [Mid-1800s]
2. Cause to rise, as in The emissions sent up by that factory are clearly poisonous. [Late 1500s]
3. Satirize, make a parody of, as in This playwright has a genius for sending up suburban life. [First half of 1900s]
4. send up a trial balloon. See trial balloon.
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 send someone to jail: They sent the crook up for ten years. The cops busted the gang and sent up the leader.
2. To make a parody of someone or something: The comedian sends up contemporary culture. I'm not afraid to send myself up to make people laugh.
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.
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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