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word up

interjection

An exhortation to listen, to pay attention: Word up, fool. We be fresh tonight

[1980s+ Black; probably based on listen up]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • They had word up at the McAleenans the other night that you got two thousand for it.

    The Drone

    Rutherford Mayne
  • Her clan took the word up, and for a time the sibilance of it was like a hiss in the room.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • "No; I made that word up," returned Millicent, with complacency.

  • Why didn't you get word up the river as soon as you saw him?

    The Boys of Old Monmouth Everett T. Tomlinson
  • I sent a message to pass the word up to the leading squads for Hawk.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
  • But she did that every single morning, and no one had said a word up till now.

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
  • In tracing a thing backwards, from the present time, it is quite right to use the word up.

  • Leaving his man outside with the horses he advanced with a confident, sly smile, and without a word up to the long trestle table.

  • In any event, the Tsar remained true to his word up to the day of his death.

    The Kaiser's Memoirs

    William II, German Emperor
  • I looked at old Bloody Politeful, who thereupon took the word up.

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