or fold-up

[ fohld-uhp ]

  1. something, as a chair or bed, that can be folded up and stored away when not in use.

  2. termination or closing: the foldup of the town's newspaper.

  1. 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

Words Nearby foldup Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for fold up

fold up

  1. (tr) to make smaller or more compact

  2. (intr) to collapse, as with laughter or pain

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Other Idioms and Phrases with foldup


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

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