wait up

verb(intr, adverb)
  1. to delay going to bed in order to await some event

  2. informal, mainly US and Canadian to halt and pause in order that another person may catch up

Words Nearby wait up

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How to use wait up in a sentence

  • His supporters hosted a men-only fundraiser with this admonition on the invitation: “Tell the misses not to wait up.”

  • Don't you worry about nothing; give her a latchkey, and don't wait up.

    Jimmy Quixote | Tom Gallon
  • The old one was to lock the door behind us, and wait up with my mother.

    My Little Sister | Elizabeth Robins
  • You and I will wait up there in the hills on the off-chance of picking up some news.

    The Half-Hearted | John Buchan
  • I believe Terence Murphy used to wait up till the small hours, lest by chance his master should come unannounced.

    The Story of Bawn | Katharine Tynan

Other Idioms and Phrases with wait up

wait up

Postpone going to bed in anticipation of someone or something, as in My parents always wait up until I get home, no matter how late it is. [Mid-1800s]

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