save up

Accumulate something for a particular purpose, as in Jan had been saving up her allowance for a new bicycle. [First half of 1800s]


Nearby words

  1. save face,
  2. save for a rainy day,
  3. save one's bacon,
  4. save one's breath,
  5. save the day,
  6. save-all,
  7. saved,
  8. saved by the bell,
  9. saveloy,
  10. saver

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