See also: bubble up



bubble-up (plural bubble-ups)

  1. A culvert that is open to the air on top.
    • 1974, Anaheim (Calif.). Office of Administrative Officer, The Budget, page 2-127:
      This amount of cleaning is estimated to take ten months with the remaining two months being devoted to cleaning catch basins, depressed culverts (bubble-ups) , storm drain siphons, wash rack sumps, and so forth.
    • 2002, NASA Ames Development Plan: Environmental Impact Statement:
      According to information received from Caltrans, about 470 hectares (1,400 acres) south of Highway 101 drain under the freeway through several bubble-ups and culverts and discharge onto NASA property
  2. A commotion or controversy
    • 1991, Robert Johansen, Leading Business Teams:
      Virtual teams are formed to champion specific ideas and keep them alive in the memory. Bubble-ups and meltdowns, of course, require reconstructions and maintenance.
    • 2011, Dante Chinni & ‎James Gimpel, Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America, →ISBN:
      . Despite the regular talk-show bubble-ups whenever the entertainment industry “crosses the line,” concern over the power of the Hollywood boogeyman isn't particularly widespread.
  3. Something that causes Effervescence.
    • 1972, Creativity, page 161:
      Use it in the bath or shower. Instead of bath oils, bubble-ups, moisturizers. Instead of a bar of soap!
    • 1985, Stanley M. Ulanoff, Handbook of Sales Promotion, page 562:
      Bubble-ups are used on Christmas trees to add sparkle and in beer mugs or glasses in displays to give the beer a look of freshness.
  4. An act or process of bubbling up.
    • 1969, AFL-CIO. Industrial Union Dept, Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, page 12:
      The Times did say the tax credit may, and I repeat, may, create more jobs in the long run, but the five million unemployed are not interested in the long run. They want jobs now. They cannot wait to see if they will benefit from this latest trickle-down. What they want, you see, is now a little trickle-up. They want some bubble-up.
    • 2012, James B. Twitchell, Living It Up: Our Love Affair with Luxury, →ISBN, page 70:
      Trickle-down luxury, bubble-up status.
    • 2013, Karine Nahon & ‎Jeff Hemsley, Going Viral, →ISBN, page 89:
      The bubble-up process can happen very quickly because professional bloggers are always on the lookout for new content to post.
    • 2013, Emma Christensen, True Brews, →ISBN:
      Open very slowly over a sink to release the pressure gradually and avoid bubble-ups.
    • 2013, Bryce Huebner, Macrocognition, →ISBN:
      Darwin famously provided a bubble-up theory of organismic complexity, arguing that “in order to make a perfect and beautiful machine it is not requisite to know how to make it” (MacKenzie, quoted in Dennett 2009).