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

farce, travesty, sham, caricature, joke, irony, satire, skit, burlesque, pastiche, cartoon, mockery, sarcasm, wit, spoof, banter, parody, prank, exaggeration, perversion

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  • A horse hitched to the end of the chain hauls up the log, which is guided by the "send-up men" with their cant-hooks.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

Word Origin and History for send-up


"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.

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