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up and (do something)

To quickly, unexpectedly, or abruptly do something without explanation. Used especially with "leave" and related verbs, though not exclusively. I must have offended him, because halfway through the conversation he just up and left. The town has been in a panic searching for a young girl who up and vanished over the weekend. Everyone asks how I came up with the story, thinking it must have taken all this time and planning, but the truth is one day I thought up the premise and then I just up and wrote it.
See also: and, up

up and

Abruptly and unexpectedly: They up and left without saying goodbye.
See also: and, up
References in classic literature ?
When he swallowed it he looked up and says, solemn as an owl, 'Give it to me oftener and more at a time.
Then he looked up and the old lady said 'Amen,' loudly and cheerfully.
Bud Dixon would wake up and miss the swag, and would come straight for us, for he ain't afeard of anything or anybody, that man ain't.
He allowed we would steal the bogus swag and wait all night for him to come up and get drownded, and by George it's just what we done
Tink," he rapped out, "if you don't get up and dress at once I will open the curtains, and then we shall all see you in your negligee [nightgown].
To show that her departure would leave him unmoved, he skipped up and down the room, playing gaily on his heartless pipes.
It is sprung so that you lift it with one hand and it comes up and over through 270 degrees.
Time was coming up and yet I feel that obviously retirement should be a final decision, especially for a fighter.
Every morning you wake up and ask yourself, "What do you want to do today?
She lifted (her apron) up and she was smiling at me,'' Washington said.