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save up

Accumulate something for a particular purpose, as in Jan had been saving up her allowance for a new bicycle. [ First half of 1800s ]
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  • This is the sort of thing,” I said to myself, “to save up for Holloway or Pentonville.

    Diary of a Pilgrimage Jerome K. Jerome
  • There'll be nothin' to house-keep on till I can save up some more.'

  • But what if I were to begin to save up my money for my expenses, so I could pay part?

    Teddy: Her Book Anna Chapin Ray
  • Shears took his time, as though he wished to save up his effect.

    The Blonde Lady

    Maurice Leblanc
  • And if you could save up half the worth of Pennington you could buy it back.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • "I've half a mind to save up and get one," he said suddenly.

    Paul and the Printing Press Sara Ware Bassett
  • Did any fools work and save up so we could take life soft and easy?

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Now, if you're smart you can make a dollar a day easy, and save up part of it.

    Fame and Fortune Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Before the kid came, as soon as I married her, we began to save up for him.

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