Idioms

    under wraps, Informal. secret: The army wants this research project kept under wraps.
    wrapped up in,
    1. intensely absorbed in: wrapped up in one's work.
    2. involved in; bound up with: Peace is wrapped up in willingness to compromise.

Origin of wrap

1275–1325; Middle English (v.), of obscure origin; compare dialectal Danish vravle to wind

Related forms

Can be confused

rap wraprapped rapt wrapped wrapt
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British Dictionary definitions for wrapped up in

wrap

/ (ræp) /

verb wraps, wrapping or wrapped (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for wrap

C14: origin unknown
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Idioms and Phrases with wrapped up in (1 of 2)

wrapped up in


Completely preoccupied by or absorbed in, as in She is wrapped up in her studies. [c. 1600] Also see wrap up.

Idioms and Phrases with wrapped up in (2 of 2)

wrap


In addition to the idiom beginning with wrap

  • wrap up

also see:

  • twist (wrap) around one's finger
  • under wraps
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