Idioms

    cut a figure. cut(defs 84, 85b).

Origin of figure

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin figūra shape, trope, equivalent to fig- (base of fingere to shape) + -ūra -ure

SYNONYMS FOR figure

1 number.
5 See form.
8 personality.
23 reckon.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for figure up

figure

/ (ˈfɪɡə, US ˈfɪɡjər) /

noun


verb

Derived Forms

figureless, adjectivefigurer, noun

Word Origin for figure

C13: from Latin figūra a shape, from fingere to mould
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Medicine definitions for figure up

figure

[ fĭgyər ]

n.

A form or shape, as of the human body.
A person representing the essential aspects of a particular role.

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Idioms and Phrases with figure up (1 of 2)

figure up

Calculate, total, as in Please figure up just how many feet of lumber we need. [Late 1800s]


Idioms and Phrases with figure up (2 of 2)

figure

In addition to the idioms beginning with figure

  • figure in
  • figure on
  • figure out
  • figure up

also see:

  • ballpark figure
  • in round numbers (figures)
  • it figures

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