spark up

spark up

1. To begin or initiate something, especially a conversation, argument, or . A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "up." I sparked up a conversation with the man sitting next to me, and it turned out that he had gone to high school with my college roommate. What are the odds? The president's actions have been sparking up debates and arguments around the country about its ethics.
2. To ignite a tobacco product in order to smoke it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spark" and "up." If you absolutely have to spark up after dinner, please go do it outside. I'll always remember my father sitting in his great big armchair sparking cigars up as he watched television into the night.
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spark up

v.
1. To initiate some conversation, friendship, or debate: On the train, I sparked up a conversation with the person next to me. The trial sparked a debate up over free speech.
2. To light some cigarette, cigar, or similar product: He lit a match and sparked up his pipe. She took a cigar from the case and sparked it up. The smokers went outside to spark up.
See also: spark, up
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This year, the event is staging "The Bigger Pitcher" in association with business accelerator programme, Spark Up.
"She always gets me out of the poop," was a relieved James Unett's comment after Spark Up, well ridden by Richard Kingscote, had taken the 1m handicap.
THERE is less than a week to apply for the latest Spark Up programme and founder Jenny Stewart is encouraging budding entrepreneurs to sign up.
FIRMS taking part in Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce business accelerator Spark Up have so far attracted more than PS500,000 worth of investment and created 124 jobs.
The chamber held an event at Princes Dock where the latest participants in its business accelerator programme, Spark Up, took part in a showcase.
ANOTHER 25 entrepreneurs have embarked on the fourth Spark Up business accelerator programme based out of Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce.
ONE of the participants in Liverpool's business accelerator Spark Up wants to offer a helping hand to fellow local entrepreneurs.
MERSEYSIDE entrepreneurs are being urged to sign up for the fourth Spark Up accelerator programme - with the deadline just days away.
A total of 40 fledgling businesses will take part in a two-day boot camp, offering an introduction to key business themes, as well as workshops, seminars and master classes led by Spark Up's resident experts and mentors.
ALL those who have been involved in the Liverpool-based business accelerator, Spark Up, are being invited to a showcase event this week.
ZITA LUITEN A BUSINES taking part in Liverpool's Spark Up 'super business' programme has secured PS500 of funding at a new business networking event in the city.
Liverpool 'S L'SL Spark Up programme is returning for a second year, aiming to create the next wave of Merseyside "super businesses".
THREE graduate start-ups from Liverpool business accelerator programme Spark Up are taking centre stage in Liverpool city centre this week as their businesses are showcased on a giant video screen.
Business Reporter tony.mcdonough@liverpool.com tonymc39 @ LIVERPOOL & Sefton Chambers of Commerce chief executive, Jenny Stewart, said she has already been inundated with applications for the 2015 Spark Up business accelerator programme.
Entirely private sector-funded, Spark Up was launched by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in January and put fledgling entrepreneurs through a "rigorous" boot camp-style programme of master classes to help them become the business tycoons of the future.