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earth up

(transitive, adverb) to cover (part of a plant, esp the stem) with soil in order to protect from frost, light, etc
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  • Then Vitazko plunged the dragon into the earth up to his ankles.

    The Shoemaker's Apron Parker Fillmore
  • As I tossed a lump of earth up at them the frightened mother-bird dropped her mortar, and the pair skurried away, much put out.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • Throwing the earth up on either side, he had digged to a depth of about two feet, when his spade encountered a coffin.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Through the hurricane of shot and shell that tore the earth up in all directions they made their way.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • Sometimes the explosion throws the earth up to a height of nearly 150 feet.

    How I Filmed the War Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
  • A man had been buried alive in the earth up to his neck and the ground stamped in round his head.

    Wang the Ninth Putnam Weale
  • So, when he went out next morning, the Princesses stood out of the earth up to their waists.

    East of the Sun and West of the Moon Peter Christen Asbjrnsen
  • Some allow the plants to make a natural growth, and earth up at once, about three weeks before being required for use.

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