serve up (something)
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serve up (something)
1. To provide, offer, or distribute some food or drink. This place serves up the best steaks in the state. The cafeteria is serving up pizza today. Every year we volunteer to serve up Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless.
2. To provide or offer some experience. They serve up an authentic medieval experience that is a joy from beginning to end. He tried serving up a few jokes to engage the audience, but they all fell flat.
3. To deliver a pitch, throw, kick, etc., of a ball or other such object used in sports. The midfielder had a promising breakaway after intercepting a cross-field pass that had been served up by the other team's winger. The forward gained control of the puck, flew down the ice, and served up a blazing shot on goal.
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serve something up
to distribute or deliver food for people to eat. The cook served the stew up and then passed around the bread. Can you serve up the food now?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Dish out food, as in Next they served up some oysters. [First half of 1400s]
2. Provide, as in He served up joke after joke, delighting his audience. [First half of 1600s] also see hand to on a silver platter.
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 provide or offer some meal: Whenever they have guests, they always serve up a feast. That restaurant makes the best barbecue, and they serve it up every day.
2. To provide or offer some sensual or emotional experience: The restaurant serves up a night to remember. A comedian serves laughs up every Wednesday night at the bar.
3. To put some prepared food into a dish to be eaten: I gathered the plates and served up the potatoes. If the soup is ready, go ahead and serve it up.
4. Sports To throw or kick some ball into the air in such a way that it is easily hit or intercepted: The soccer player served up a ball to her teammate, who headed it in for a goal. The pitcher served a ball up, and it was hit for a home run.
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.