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To spread dirty tracks or footprints across the surface of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "track" and "up." Why on earth did you think it was a good idea to ride your bike through the house? You've tracked up all the carpets from the front door all the way to the back yard. The dog bolted into the house and began tracking the floors up with muddy paw prints.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
track something up
to mess something up by spreading around something dirty or messy with one's shoes or feet. Please don't track the floor up! Claire tracked up the floor.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To cover some surface or area with tracks: The kids tracked up the carpet with mud. In the morning, the newly fallen snow lay prettily, but by the afternoon, people had tracked it up.
2. To move north along some path or geographical feature. Used of storms: The storm tracked up the coast.
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.