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/ ˈraʊndˌʌp /
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the driving together of cattle, horses, etc., for inspection, branding, shipping to market, or the like, as in the western U.S.
the people and horses who do this.
the herd so collected.
the gathering together of scattered items or groups of people: a police roundup of suspects.
a summary, brief listing, or résumé of related facts, figures, or information: Sunday's newspaper has a sports roundup giving the final score of every baseball game of the past week.



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Origin of roundup

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase round up
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British Dictionary definitions for roundup

round up

verb (tr, adverb)

to gather (animals, suspects, etc) togetherto round ponies up
to raise (a number) to the nearest whole number or ten, hundred, or thousand above itCompare round down

noun roundup

the act of gathering together livestock, esp cattle, so that they may be branded, counted, or sold
any similar act of collecting or bringing togethera roundup of today's news
a collection of suspects or criminals by the police, esp in a raid
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Idioms and Phrases with roundup (1 of 2)


see head for (the last roundup). Also see round up.

Idioms and Phrases with roundup (2 of 2)

round up

Collect or gather in a body, as in We'll have to round up some more volunteers for the food drive, or The police rounded up all the suspects. This term comes from the West, where since the mid-1800s it has been used for collecting livestock by riding around the herd and driving the animals together. By about 1875 it was extended to other kinds of gathering together.

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