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speak up

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to speak more loudly
to state one's beliefs, objections, etc, bravely and firmly
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  • They'd speak up, and do their damnedest to save their friend.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Ah, then, you have quarrelled, and I am to speak up for you?

    A Window in Thrums

    J. M. Barrie
  • "speak up and deny what he says," said the King to the Cook's son.

  • speak up, Margaret, before some other rude person interrupts.

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
  • "You must speak up if you expect me to hear, young lady," growled Ebenezer.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
Idioms and Phrases with speak up

speak up

Also,speak out. Talk loudly, so as to be heard, as in Speak up, child, I can't hear you, or He should speak out so that those in back can hear him. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the variant from the early 1500s.
Also,speak up for. Express one's opinion or one's support for someone or something. For example, When it comes to speaking up about the town's needs, you can rely on Mary, or I'm glad you spoke up for me in that meeting. [ c. 1700 ]
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