Phrasal Verb “up”

It’s easy to understand UP,

 meaning toward the sky or

at the top of the list,

but when we awaken in the morning, 


why do we wake UP 



At a meeting,

why does a topic comes UP

Why do we speak UP,

and why are the officers UP for election and

why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends

and we use it to brighten UP a room,

polish UP the silver,

we warm UP the leftovers 

and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and

some guys fix  UP the old car. 

At other times the little word has a real special meaning.

People stir UP trouble,

line UP for tickets,

work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses 


To be dressed is one thing but to
 be dressed UP is special.


And this up is confusing: 
A drain must be opened UP


because it is stopped   UP. 


We open UP a store in the


but we close it UP at night.   


We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP 


To be knowledgeable about the
 proper uses of  UP, look the
 word UP in the dictionary.


In a desk-sized dictionary,

it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add  UP to about thirty definitions  


If you are UP  to it,


 of the many ways UP is used. 

you might try building UP a list

It will take UP a lot of your time, 

but if you don’t give UP,


you may wind UP with a hundred or more.  


When it threatens to rain,


we say it is clouding UP.

When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth.

When it does not rain for awhile,

things dry UP.

One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it 

, for now  …… time is UP, so
 time to shut UP 
Oh…one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in
 the morning & the last thing you
 do at night?     P 

 Don’t screw up. Send this on to

 everyone you look up in your
 address book.    
Now I’ll shut up  




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