common collocations with up

Grow up

When you grow up all this practice will come in useful.
Grown up

You can be considered grown up when you are 18 years old.
Push up

We will want to avoid a further decline for fear that import price rises will push up inflation.
He does 100 push ups every day to build his strength.
Close up

It was nine o’clock when she decided to close up the shop.
In this photograph you see wild flowers in close up detail.
Sit up

He does 100 sit ups every day to build his strength.
It is good for your back if you sit up straight in your chair.
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Do up

I have some paint and wallpaper so I am going to do up my apartment.
He is doing up his old car.
Get up

She likes to get up at 9 o’clock in the morning.
Follow up

Please follow up on the story you wrote last week.
The scientist did good follow-up work on his research.
Way up

What is the safest way up the mountain?
He lives way up north in the Arctic Circle.
Hang up

Please hang up the phone and dial again.
You can hang up your coat on the hook.
Don’t get hung up on the details, look at the bigger picture.
Warm up

Come and warm up by the fire.
The athletes warm up by jogging lightly before the big race.
Blow up

Let’s blow up the photograph and make it much bigger.
You can blow up the ball with an air pump.
A lot of trouble is going to blow up after this.
A bomb can blow up a building.
Make up

They had an argument and they need to make up.
She wears too much make-up.
I have made up a bed for you upstairs.
Start up

I am trying to start up the engine.
He is planning to start up his business again.
Look up

They looked up at the stars.
I am going to Taiwan to look up an old friend.
I can look up the meaning of words in a dictionary.
Pick up

Do you pick up hitchhikers?
I am taking a truck to pick up my new washing machine.
Can you pick up some milk for me?
Please pick up your clothes from the floor.
Shut up

If you are impolite and wish to tell someone to be quiet, you may tell them to shut up.
At 5 o’clock it is time to shut up the shop.
Weigh up

The judge weighs up all the evidence before making a decision.
Light up

He lit up a cigarette.
The fireworks light up the night sky.
Wrap up

I enjoy wrapping up Christmas presents.
Let’s wrap up this meeting, it is late.
Open up

He started to open up, to tell me everything.
The police banged on the door and shouted “open up”.
What’s up?

What’s up? = How are you? How are things?
Fed up

He is fed up with all the stress at work.
Shape up

This is shaping up to be a great post about collocations with “up”.
It is shaping up to be a good year for the new government.
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