take up with (one)(redirected from took up with him)
take up with (one)
To form a close relationship with or begin to associate or keep company with one. Often used in reference to an unsavory or untrustworthy person or group of people. He was a great student until he took up with a group of troublemakers and ended up getting expelled. Sarah has taken up with a much older man, and it makes me really uncomfortable.
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take up with someone
to become close with someone; to become friends with someone. I think that Albert may have taken up with the wrong people. I did not want Lefty to take up with Max, but he did, and look where it's gotten him.
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take up with
Begin to associate with, consort with, as in She took up with a fast crowd. [Early 1600s]
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take up withInformal
To begin to associate with; consort with: took up with a fast crowd.
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