Phrasal Verbs – up part 5

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If you ‘do up’ your coat, you fasten it.

  • Do up your jacket. It looks untidy.
  • Can you do up my coat for me? My hands are frozen.

‘Do up’ can also mean to decorate or make repairs to something.

  • Buy me the paint and I will do up my room.
  • I’m going to do up my car so that I can sell it.

To ‘hold up’ can mean to delay.

  • We were held up by a traffic accident.
  • I don’t mean to hold you up but we must finish this discussion.

To ‘keep up with’ can mean to go at the same speed as.

  • It is difficult to keep up with all the changes they are making.
  • I don’t know how you keep up with all the news.

To ‘keep up’ can mean to maintain.

  • It is difficult to keep up the payments on my new car.
  • I can’t afford to keep up an apartment in town and a house in the country.

If you ‘kick up a fuss’, you complain loudly about something.

  • He will kick up a fuss when he finds out that he is not invited to the meeting.
  • The restaurant had given away our table so I kicked up a fuss and got another one.

If you ‘stir up’ trouble, you cause it by agitation.

  • She is always stirring up trouble about some grievance or another.
  • Some shareholders tried to stir up trouble about the sale of the factory.

If you ‘sum up’, you briefly restate the main points of a meeting or discussion.

  • I’d like to sum up my presentation with this quote from Winston Churchill.
  • Could somebody sum up what you talked about this morning?

If you ‘turn up’ a dial, you increase it.

  • Could you turn up the volume? I cannot hear it.
  • That’s the brightest I can make the picture. I’ve turned up the control to the maximum.

If you ‘turn up’ somewhere, you arrive, sometimes unexpectedly.

  • John turned up at the party, even though he wasn’t invited.
  • He’s always turning up for work an hour late.

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