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Origin of send-up

First recorded in 1955–60; noun use of verb phrase send up, in sense “to parody”; compare earlier Brit. academic usage “to mock, scoff at”


verb (used with object), sent, send·ing.
  1. to cause, permit, or enable to go: to send a messenger; They sent their son to college.
  2. to cause to be conveyed or transmitted to a destination: to send a letter.
  3. to order, direct, compel, or force to go: The president sent troops to Asia.
  4. to direct, propel, or deliver to a particular point, position, condition, or direction: to send a punch to the jaw; The punch sent the fighter reeling.
  5. to emit, discharge, or utter (usually followed by off, out, or through): The lion sent a roar through the jungle.
  6. to cause to occur or befall: The people beseeched Heaven to send peace to their war-torn village.
  7. Electricity.
    1. to transmit (a signal).
    2. to transmit (an electromagnetic wave or the like) in the form of pulses.
  8. Slang. to delight or excite: Frank Sinatra's records used to send her.
verb (used without object), sent, send·ing.
  1. to dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
  2. Electricity. to transmit a signal: The ship's radio sends on a special band of frequencies.
Verb Phrases
  1. send down, British. to expel, especially from Oxford or Cambridge.
  2. send for, to request the coming or delivery of; summon: If her temperature goes up, send for the doctor.
  3. send forth,
    1. to produce; bear; yield: plants sending forth new leaves.
    2. to dispatch out of a country as an export.
    3. to issue, as a publication: They have sent forth a report to the stockholders.
    4. to emit or discharge: The flowers sent forth a sweet odor.
  4. send in, to cause to be dispatched or delivered to a destination: Send in your contest entries to this station.
  5. send off, to cause to depart or to be conveyed from oneself; dispatch; dismiss: His teacher sent him off to the principal's office.
  6. send out,
    1. to distribute; issue.
    2. to send on the way; dispatch: They sent out their final shipment last week.
    3. to order delivery: We sent out for coffee.
  7. send up,
    1. to release or cause to go upward; let out.
    2. sentence or send to prison: He was convicted and sent up for life.
    3. to expose the flaws or foibles of through parody, burlesque, caricature, lampoon, or other forms of satire: The new movie sends up merchants who commercialize Christmas.
  1. send packing, to dismiss curtly; send away in disgrace: The cashier was stealing, so we sent him packing.
  2. send round, to circulate or dispatch widely: Word was sent round about his illness.

Origin of send

before 900; Middle English senden, Old English sendan; cognate with German senden, Gothic sandjan (causative) < Germanic base *sinth-, *santh- go, whence Old English sīth journey, sand message, messenger
Related formssend·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedscend send

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British Dictionary definitions for send up

send up

verb (tr, adverb)
  1. slang to send to prison
  2. British informal to make fun of, esp by doing an imitation or parody ofhe sent up the teacher marvellously
noun send-up
  1. British informal a parody or imitation


verb sends, sending or sent
  1. (tr) to cause or order (a person or thing) to be taken, directed, or transmitted to another placeto send a letter; she sent the salesman away
  2. (when intr, foll by for;; when tr, takes an infinitive) to dispatch a request or command (for something or to do something)he sent for a bottle of wine; he sent to his son to come home
  3. (tr) to direct or cause to go to a place or pointhis blow sent the champion to the floor
  4. (tr) to bring to a state or conditionthis noise will send me mad
  5. (tr; often foll by forth, out, etc) to cause to issue; emithis cooking sent forth a lovely smell from the kitchen
  6. (tr) to cause to happen or comemisery sent by fate
  7. to transmit (a message) by radio, esp in the form of pulses
  8. (tr) slang to move to excitement or rapturethis music really sends me
  9. send someone about his business to dismiss or get rid of someone
  10. send someone packing to dismiss or get rid of (someone) peremptorily
  1. another word for swash (def. 4)
Derived Formssendable, adjectivesender, noun

Word Origin for send

Old English sendan; related to Old Norse senda, Gothic sandjan, Old High German senten


verb, noun sends, sending or sent
  1. a variant spelling of scend
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Word Origin and History for send up



Old English sendan "send, send forth; throw, impel," from Proto-Germanic *sandijan (cf. Old Saxon sendian, Old Norse and Old Frisian senda, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch senden, Dutch zenden, German senden, Gothic sandjan), causative form of base *sinþan, denoting "go, journey" (source of Old English sið "way, journey," Old Norse sinn, Gothic sinþs "going, walk, time"), from PIE root *sent- "to head for, go" (cf. Lithuanian siusti "send;" see sense (n.)).

Also used in Old English of divine ordinance (e.g. godsend, from Old English sand "messenger, message," from Proto-Germanic *sandaz "that which is sent"). Slang sense of "to transport with emotion, delight" is recorded from 1932, in American English jazz slang.



"a spoof," British slang, 1958, from verbal phrase send up "to mock, make fun of" (1931), from send (v.) + up (adv.), perhaps a transferred sense of the public school term for "to send a boy to the headmaster" (usually for punishment), which is attested from 1821.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with send up

send up


Put in prison, as in He'll be sent up for at least ten years. [Mid-1800s]


Cause to rise, as in The emissions sent up by that factory are clearly poisonous. [Late 1500s]


Satirize, make a parody of, as in This playwright has a genius for sending up suburban life. [First half of 1900s]


send up a trial balloon. See trial balloon.

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