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follow-up

[ fol-oh-uhp ]
/ ˈfɒl oʊˌʌp /
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noun

the act of following up.
an action or thing that serves to increase the effectiveness of a previous one, as a second or subsequent letter, phone call, or visit.
Also called follow. Journalism.
  1. a news story providing additional information on a story or article previously published.
  2. Also called sidebar, supplementary story. a minor news story used to supplement a related story of major importance.Compare feature story (def. 1), human-interest story, shirttail.

adjective

designed or serving to follow up, especially to increase the effectiveness of a previous action: a follow-up interview; a follow-up offer.
of or relating to action that follows an initial treatment, course of study, etc.: follow-up care for mental patients; a follow-up survey.

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Origin of follow-up

First recorded in 1920–25; noun, adj. use of verb phrase follow up
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British Dictionary definitions for follow-up

follow up

verb (tr, adverb)

to pursue or investigate (a person, evidence, etc) closely
to continue (action) after a beginning, esp to increase its effect

noun follow-up

  1. something done to reinforce an initial action
  2. (as modifier)a follow-up letter
med a routine examination of a patient at various intervals after medical or surgical treatment
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Idioms and Phrases with follow-up

follow up

1

Carry to completion. For example, I'm following up their suggestions with concrete proposals. Also see follow through.

2

Increase the effectiveness or enhance the success of something by further action. For example, She followed up her interview with a phone call. [Late 1700s]

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