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  1. the driving together of cattle, horses, etc., for inspection, branding, shipping to market, or the like, as in the western U.S.
  2. the people and horses who do this.
  3. the herd so collected.
  4. the gathering together of scattered items or groups of people: a police roundup of suspects.
  5. 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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also round-up, by 1869 in the cattle drive sense; from verbal phrase round up "to collect in a mass" (1610s; specifically of livestock from 1847); see round (v.) + up (adv.). Meaning "summary of news items" is recorded from 1886.

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Idioms and Phrases with roundup


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

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