stew in one's own juice. stew1(def 10).

Origin of juice

1250–1300; Middle English ju(i)s < Old French jus < Latin jūs broth, soup, sauce, juice
Related formsjuice·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for juice up

juice up

verb (tr, adverb)

US slang to make livelyto juice up a party
(often passive) to cause to be drunkhe got juiced up on Scotch last night



any liquid that occurs naturally in or is secreted by plant or animal tissuethe juice of an orange; digestive juices
  1. fuel for an engine, esp petrol
  2. electricity
  3. alcoholic drink
  1. vigour or vitality
  2. essence or fundamental nature
stew in one's own juice See stew 1 (def. 10)


to extract juice from (fruits or vegetables) in order to drink
Derived Formsjuiceless, adjective

Word Origin for juice

C13: from Old French jus, from Latin
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Word Origin and History for juice up



1630s, "to suffuse with juice," from juice (n.). Meaning "to enliven" attested by 1964; juiced "drunk" attested by 1946; in reference to steroids, by 2003. Related: Juiced; juicing.



c.1300, "liquid extract obtained by boiling herbs," from Old French jus "juice, sap, liquid" (13c.), from Latin ius "broth, sauce, juice," from PIE root *yeue- "to blend, mix food" (cf. Sanskrit yus- "broth," Greek zyme "a leaven," Old Church Slavonic jucha "broth, soup," Lithuanian juse "fish soup"). Meaning "liquor" is from 1828; that of "electricity" is first recorded 1896.

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juice up in Medicine




A fluid naturally contained in plant or animal tissue.
A bodily secretion, especially that secreted by the glands of the stomach and intestines.
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Idioms and Phrases with juice up

juice up


Give something energy, spirit, or interest. For example, They tried to juice up the party by playing loud music.


Change something to improve its performance, as in That old jeep's motor got juiced up in the shop, or Lowering interest rates is one way to juice up the economy. [Slang; second half of 1900s]


In addition to the idiom beginning with juice

  • juice up

also see:

  • stew in one's own juice
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