See also: curl-up

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a curled up millipede

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curl up (third-person singular simple present curls up, present participle curling up, simple past and past participle curled up)

  1. (transitive, of hair) to curl, make curly, shape into curls
    Rollers are a good way to curl up your hair.
  2. (intransitive) to become curly
  3. (transitive) to coil or shrivel, make into a coil
  4. (intransitive) to become coiled or shriveled
  5. (intransitive) to shape one's body into a somewhat ball-like shape, with one's legs tucked into the abdomen, especially for cosiness or for protection.
    curl up with a good book
    • 1903, Bret Harte, The Society upon the Stanislaus:
      He smiled a kind of sickly smile, and curled up on the floor.

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