Supply a vehicle with gasoline, as in I want to be sure to gas up before we go. James M. Cain used this term in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934): “I went to gas up a car.” [Colloquial; c. 1930 Also see tank up.
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How to use gas up in a sentence
But by and large, the formula works like this: house down, wages down, gas up, food up equals ticked off consumer.Why America's Furious: Cornel West, Robert Reich, and More | The Daily Beast | June 2, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
She turned the gas up in her little sitting-room, and sank wearily into an easy chair.Anna the Adventuress | E. Phillips Oppenheim
Suppose you send a current of gas up into this sewing-thimble: it can find an exit only by turning backward.
Then you let bubbles of the gas up into the jar, and they turn out the water and take its place.