1. [17C+] to begin, to push oneself forward, to say or do something; usu. in phr. ups and ..., e.g. he ups and starts saying.
2. fig. senses of to increase.
(a) [1930s+] (orig. US) to raise, to increase prices, charges etc.
(b) [1950s+] (orig. US) to improve, to boost; to promote.
(c) [1960s] (US black) to be better, to beat.
(d) to promote.
3. [late 19C] to have sexual intercourse with [the man puts his penis up the vagina].
4. to stab.
5. [1940s] (US) to enlist, i.e. join up.
6. [1950s] (US black) to play music.
7. [1950s+] in terms of contempt or dismissal; a euph. for fuck v. (3); usu. in excls. below; note also up your arse! excl.
8. [1960s–70s] (US) to hand over, to produce [SE come up with].
9. [2000s] (UK Und.) to beat up.
10. [2000s] to mock [to ‘put two fingers up to’].
[20C+] (US black) to leave in a hurry, to run away.
[late 19C+] a dismissive, contemptuous excl.
[1940s+] (Aus.) a dismissive, contemptuous excl.
1. [1930s+] (orig. US) an excl. of contempt.
2. attrib. use of sense 1.