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See also: sendup and send-up




send up (third-person singular simple present sends up, present participle sending up, simple past and past participle sent up)

  1. (transitive) To imitate someone or something for the purpose of satirical humour.
    The programme accurately sends up the British Civil Service system at Whitehall.
  2. (transitive, US, slang) To put in prison.
    The judge sent him up for three years
    • 1913, Rex Stout, Her Forbidden Knight, 1997 Carroll & Graf edition, →ISBN, page 161:
      "I guess you're a wise one, all right, but what's the use? I tell you we've got enough on you already to send you up. You might as well talk straight."
  3. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see send,‎ up.
    Fears of war sent oil prices up by 10%.

Usage notesEdit

  • In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.
  • In sense 2, the passive form is much more common.