send-up

or send·up

[ send-uhp ]
/ ˈsɛndˌʌp /

noun

an entertaining or humorous burlesque or parody; takeoff: The best skit in the revue was a send-up of TV game shows.

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”

Definition for send up (2 of 2)

send1
[ send ]
/ sɛnd /

verb (used with object), sent, send·ing.

verb (used without object), sent, send·ing.

to dispatch a messenger, agent, message, etc.
Electricity. to transmit a signal: The ship's radio sends on a special band of frequencies.

Verb Phrases

Origin of send

1
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

OTHER WORDS FROM send

send·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH send

scend send
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British Dictionary definitions for send up (1 of 3)

send up

verb (tr, adverb)

slang to send to prison
British informal to make fun of, esp by doing an imitation or parody ofhe sent up the teacher marvellously

noun send-up

British informal a parody or imitation

British Dictionary definitions for send up (2 of 3)

send1
/ (sɛnd) /

verb sends, sending or sent

noun

another word for swash (def. 4)

Derived forms of send

sendable, adjectivesender, noun

Word Origin for send

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

British Dictionary definitions for send up (3 of 3)

send2
/ (sɛnd) /

verb, noun sends, sending or sent

a variant spelling of scend
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Idioms and Phrases with send up

send up

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

send up a trial balloon. See trial balloon.

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