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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.

  1. the herd so collected.

  2. the gathering together of scattered items or groups of people: a police roundup of suspects.

  3. 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.

Origin of roundup

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase round up

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British Dictionary definitions for round up

round up

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to gather (animals, suspects, etc) together: to round ponies up

  2. to raise (a number) to the nearest whole number or ten, hundred, or thousand above it: Compare round down

  1. the act of gathering together livestock, esp cattle, so that they may be branded, counted, or sold

  2. any similar act of collecting or bringing together: a roundup of today's news

  1. a collection of suspects or criminals by the police, esp in a raid

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Other Idioms and Phrases with roundup


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

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