book up



book up (third-person singular simple present books up, present participle booking up, simple past and past participle booked up)

  1. (transitive) To reserve or book all of something, for example by purchasing all the tickets.
  2. (chess, slang) To study opening lines in great detail in order to gain an advantage.
    • 2022 May 8, Colin McGourty, “Superbet Classic 3: Aronian’s great escape, Deac beats Rapport”, in Chess24[1]:
      There would be more extraordinary clock goings on in the big game of the day, Aronian-Firouzja, which began by giving a partial answer to the question of what Alireza Firouzja had been doing for the last five months. He’d been booking up on some old theory!

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