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[ fohld-uhp ]
/ ˈfoʊldˌʌp /
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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.
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Origin of foldup

First recorded in 1890–95; noun use of verb phrase fold up
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British Dictionary definitions for foldup

fold up

verb (adverb)
(tr) to make smaller or more compact
(intr) to collapse, as with laughter or pain
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Other Idioms and Phrases with foldup

fold up


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


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]

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