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stay up

1. To remain awake beyond one's normal bedtime. I need to stop staying up so late—I can barely function at work! You go on to bed, I'm going to stay up for a little while and read.
2. To remain in public view. I hope those campaign posters don't stay up much longer, I'm so sick of looking at them. The decorations stay up on our neighbors' house months after the holidays are over.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stay up (for something)

to remain awake and out of bed for some nighttime event. I will stay up for her arrival. I can't stay up that late.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stay up

v.
1. To remain awake: I stayed up all night reading.
2. To remain on display: Their Christmas tree stayed up until February.
3. To remain well informed: They stay up on current trends by reading fashion magazines. I don't know how doctors stay up with all the new research.
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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.
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