soup

[ soop ]
/ sup /

noun

a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, or vegetables with various added ingredients.
Slang. a thick fog.
Slang. added power, especially horsepower.
Slang. nitroglycerin.
Photography Slang. developing solution.

Verb Phrases

soup up, Slang.
  1. to improve the capacity for speed or increase the efficiency of (a motor or engine) by increasing the richness of the fuel mixture or the efficiency of the fuel, or by adjusting the engine.
  2. to give spirit or vivacity to; enliven: a political rally souped up by the appearance of the candidates.

Idioms

    from soup to nuts,
    1. from the first through the last course of a meal.
    2. from beginning to end; to a complete, encompassing degree; leaving nothing out.
    in the soup, Informal. in trouble: He'll be in the soup when the truth comes out.

Origin of soup

1645–55; 1940–45 for def 6; < French soupe, Old French souppe, sope < Germanic; compare Dutch sopen to dunk. See sop
Related formssoup·less, adjectivesoup·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for soup up (1 of 2)

soup up

/ informal /

verb (tr, adverb)

to modify (a vehicle or vehicle engine) in order to increase its power
Also: hot up, (esp US and Canadian) hop up to make (something) more exciting or interesting

adjective souped-up

(of a vehicle or vehicle engine) modified so as to be more powerfula souped-up scooter
more exciting or interestinga souped-up version of their last single

British Dictionary definitions for soup up (2 of 2)

soup

/ (suːp) /

noun

a liquid food made by boiling or simmering meat, fish, vegetables, etc, usually served hot at the beginning of a meal
informal a photographic developer
informal anything resembling soup in appearance or consistency, esp thick fogSee also peasouper
a slang name for nitroglycerine
in the soup informal in trouble or difficulties

Word Origin for soup

C17: from Old French soupe, from Late Latin suppa, of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German suppe, Old Norse soppa soup
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Idioms and Phrases with soup up (1 of 2)

soup up


Make something more powerful; especially, add speed to an engine. For example, He was riding around in that car he'd souped up, or They had to soup up the sound system for the outdoor concert. [Slang; c. 1930]

Idioms and Phrases with soup up (2 of 2)

soup


In addition to the idiom beginning with soup

  • soup up

also see:

  • duck soup
  • from soup to nuts
  • in the soup
  • thick as thieves (pea soup)
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