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1. To place a golf ball on a tee and line oneself up to take a shot. Please by quiet while other players are teeing up. He teed up and hit the ball, only to see it disappear into the sand trap.
2. To put a ball of some kind into the proper position ahead of a shot. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "up." The kicker teed the ball up and delivered an amazing shot through the keeper's hands to the top-right corner of the net.
3. To put someone or something into a position of readiness for some imminent action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tee" and "up." Senators from both political parties helped tee up the legislation, with a vote expected as early as Tuesday. The reduction of interest rates by the federal reserve has teed the economy up for explosive growth in the coming year. The mayor's statement teed up his opponent for a barrage of scathing accusations.
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To place some ball on a tee: The golfer bent over and teed the ball up. The kicker teed up the football and stepped backward. The golfer pulled out a golf club and teed up.
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mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. She was totally teed up by midnight.
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