- uptake (def. 3).
- any of various devices for taking up slack, winding in, or compensating for the looseness of parts due to wear.
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Origin of take-up
Words nearby take-up
Example sentences from the Web for take-up
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I think for trans men who are dating every time they hook up they have another coming out,” Sandler said.
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We won't find out this season, though it comes up occasionally.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What need to look to right or left when you are swallowing up free mile after mile of dizzying road?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Most of the men leaped up, caught hold of spears or knives, and rushed out.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
Some weeks after, the creditor chanced to be in Boston, and in walking up Tremont street, encountered his enterprising friend.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
The bride elect rushes up to him, and so they both step down to the foot-lights.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
British Dictionary definitions for take-up
verb (adverb, mainly tr)
- to argue or dispute with (someone)can I take you up on two points in your talk?
- to accept what is offered by (someone)let me take you up on your invitation
- to discuss with (someone); refer toto take up a fault with the manufacturers
- (intr) to begin to keep company or associate with
- the claiming or acceptance of something, esp a state benefit, that is due or available
- (as modifier)take-up rate
Idioms and Phrases with take-up
Raise, lift, as in We have to take up the old carpet and sand the floor. [c. 1300]
Reduce in size, shorten, tighten, as in I have to take up the hem of this coat, or You have to take up the slack in that reel or you'll never land a fish. [c. 1800]
Station oneself, settle in, as in We took up our positions at the front. [Mid-1500s]
Accept an option, bet, or challenge, as in No one wanted to take up that bet. This usage is often expanded to take someone up on, as in You're offering to clean the barn? I'll take you up on that. Take up dates from about 1700, the variant from the early 1900s.
Develop an interest in, begin an activity, as in Jim took up gardening. [Mid-1400s] Also see go into, def. 3.
Use up or occupy entirely, as in The extra duties took up most of my time, or This desk takes up too much space in the office, or How much room will your car take up? [c. 1600]
Begin again, resume, as in I'll take up the story where you left off. [Mid-1600s]
Deal with, as in Let's take up these questions one at a time. [c. 1500]
Absorb, as in These large trees are taking up all the water in the soil. [Late 1600s]
Support, adopt as a protegé, as in She's always taking up one or another young singer. [Late 1300s] Also see the subsequent entries beginning with take up.