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jack-up

[ jak-uhp ]
/ ˈdʒækˌʌp /
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noun Informal.

an increase or rise: a recent jack-up in prices.

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Origin of jack-up

1900–05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase jack up
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British Dictionary definitions for jack-up

jack up

verb (adverb)

(tr) to increase (prices, salaries, etc)
(tr) to raise an object, such as a car, with or as with a jack
(intr) slang to inject oneself with a drug, usually heroin
(intr) Australian informal to refuse to comply; rebel, esp collectively
NZ informal to initiate, organize, or procure

noun jack-up

NZ something that has been contrived or achieved by dishonest means
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Idioms and Phrases with jack-up

jack up

Raise or increase, as in The cartel is jacking up oil prices again. This term alludes to the literal meaning of jack up, that is, “hoist with a jack.” [Colloquial; c. 1900]

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