foldup

or fold-up

[ fohld-uhp ]
/ ˈfoʊldˌʌp /

noun

something, as a chair or bed, that can be folded up and stored away when not in use.
termination or closing: the foldup of the town's newspaper.
a giving in; capitulation: a foldup of management under union pressure.

Origin of foldup

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase fold up

Definition for fold up (2 of 2)

Origin of fold

1
before 900; (v.) Middle English folden, falden, Old English faldan; cognate with G. falten; (v.) Middle English fald, derivative of the n.; akin to Latin plicāre to fold, plectere to plait, twine, Greek plékein; cf. -fold
Related formsfold·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fold up (1 of 3)

fold up


verb (adverb)

(tr) to make smaller or more compact
(intr) to collapse, as with laughter or pain

British Dictionary definitions for fold up (2 of 3)

fold

1
/ (fəʊld) /

verb

noun

See also fold up
Derived Formsfoldable, adjective

Word Origin for fold

Old English fealdan; related to Old Norse falda , Old High German faldan, Latin duplus double, Greek haploos simple

British Dictionary definitions for fold up (3 of 3)

fold

2
/ (fəʊld) /

noun

  1. a small enclosure or pen for sheep or other livestock, where they can be gathered
  2. the sheep or other livestock gathered in such an enclosure
  3. a flock of sheep
  4. a herd of Highland cattle
a church or the members of it
any group or community sharing a way of life or holding the same values

verb

(tr) to gather or confine (sheep or other livestock) in a fold

Word Origin for fold

Old English falod; related to Old Saxon faled, Middle Dutch vaelt
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Medicine definitions for fold up

fold

[ fōld ]

n.

A crease or ridge apparently formed by folding, as of a membrane; a plica.
In the embryo, a transient elevation or reduplication of tissue in the form of a lamina.
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Science definitions for fold up

fold

[ fōld ]

A bend in a layer of rock or in another planar feature such as foliation or the cleavage of a mineral. Folds occur as the result of deformation, usually associated with plate-tectonic forces.
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Idioms and Phrases with fold up (1 of 2)

fold up


1

Fail, especially go out of business. For example, Three stores on Main Street have folded up.

2

Collapse, break down. For example, When she told him about the dog's death, she folded up. This idiom alludes to closing or bringing an object into more compact form. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with fold up (2 of 2)

fold


In addition to the idioms beginning with fold

  • fold one's tent
  • fold up

also see:

  • return to the fold
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