[ soop ]
/ sup /
a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
Slang. a thick fog.
Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
Photography Slang. developing solution.
soup up, Slang.
- to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
- to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.
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- from the first through the last course of a meal.
- from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
from soup to nuts,
in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.
Origin of soup
1645–55; 1940–45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop
Related formssoup·less, adjectivesoup·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for in the soup
/ (suːp) /
a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
informal a photographic developer
informal anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fogSee also peasouper
a slang name for nitroglycerine
in the soup informal in trouble or difficulties
Word Origin for soup
C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup
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Idioms and Phrases with in the soup (1 of 2)
in the soup
In trouble, as in She mailed all the checks with the wrong postage, and now she's really in the soup. [Slang; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with in the soup (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with soup
- soup up
- duck soup
- from soup to nuts
- in the soup
- thick as thieves (pea soup)
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