And then one day,” Furry went on, his tone altering slightly, “she upped and quit me, said I had married her for her money.
Obama has also upped the drone war against al Qaeda and tightened sanctions on Iran.
He upped that number to about 100,000, in addition to more than 40,000 allied troops.
In this complicated struggle, the stakes have been upped as weapons have made a menacing appearance.
The second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”
She upped an' she oped it, and there were the little oo'd thing, with five skeins of flax on his arm.
He knew you were ready to turn him down so he upped with the mool.
So we upped anchor with the morning tide, and set all sail for San Salvador.
They upped stakes and came to Boston as soon as I put the word out.
The first day she come in and saw Abe at his desk, she thought he was squintin for fun, and she upped and laughed right out.
Old English up, uppe, from Proto-Germanic *upp- "up" (cf. Old Frisian up; Old Norse upp; Danish, Dutch op; Old High German uf, German auf "up"; Gothic iup "up, upward," uf "on, upon, under;" OHG oba, German ob "over, above, on, upon"), from PIE root *upo "up from below" (cf. Sanskrit upa "near, under, up to, on," Greek hypo "under, below," Latin sub "under;" see sub-).
Meaning "exhilarated, happy" first attested 1815. Musical up tempo (adj.) is recorded from 1948. Up-and-coming "promising" is from 1848. Phrase on the up-(and-up) "honest, straightforward" first attested 1863, American English. Up the river "in jail" first recorded 1891, originally in reference to Sing Sing, which is up the Hudson from New York City. To drive someone up the wall (1951) is from the notion of the behavior of lunatics or caged animals. Insulting retort up yours (scil. ass) attested by late 19c.
earliest recorded sense is "to drive and catch (swans)," 1560, from up (adv.). Meaning "to get up, rise to one's feet" (as in up and leave) is recorded from 1643. Sense of "to move upward" is recorded from 1737. Meaning "increase" (as in up the price of oil) is attested from 1915. Cf. Old English verb uppian "to rise." Upping block is attested from 1796.
To raise; increase: My confidence has upped itself (1925+)
[first adjective sense is based on up, ''effervescent, bubbling,'' used of beer and other drinks; later similar uses, from the 1940s, are based on the ''high'' produced by narcotics]