draw up


verb (adverb)

to come or cause to come to a halt
(tr)
  1. to prepare a draft of (a legal document)
  2. to formulate and write out in appropriate formto draw up a contract
(used reflexively) to straighten oneself
to form or arrange (a body of soldiers, etc) in order or formation

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Idioms and Phrases with draw up

draw up

1

Compose or write out in a set form, as in The lawyer drew up the contract. [First half of 1600s]

2

Arrange in order or formation, put in position, as in The band-leader drew up his players, or The officer drew up the troops. [c. 1600]

3

Bring or come to a halt, as in The car drew up to the curb. [Early 1800s]

4

draw oneself up. Assume an erect posture to express dignity or indignation. For example, She drew herself up and protested. [Mid-1800s]

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