|Irishman in London II i: I’m quite up — I’m almost corn’d, faith.|
2. (orig. UK Und.) arrested; in prison.
|Five Years’ Penal Servitude 5: A series of rapid inquiries as to who I was and what I was ‘up’ for.|
|Bushranger’s Sweetheart 113: ‘What’s he up for?’ ‘Oh, nothing much.’.|
|Larne Times (Belfast) 30 Apr. 8/7: Kelly had been ‘up’ five times, all for larceny.|
|Autobiog. of a Thief 230: Well, mate, what are you up for?|
|Keep The Aspidistra Flying (1962) 197: A ragged dirty man who claimed to be a coster ‘up’ for obstruction, was put into the cell.|
|Men of the Und. 243: The house burglar Donald Lowrie. Up for his first jolt.|
|Carlito’s Way 17: Rocco Fabrizi, who was up for stealing cars.|
|Always Running (1996) 53: up for keeps – sentenced for life.|
3. (orig. US) mentally stimulated, excited, hopeful (cf. up adj. (2)).
|Harder They Fall (1971) 298: The big fella’s got to be up to stay in there with Stein.|
|There Must Be a Pony! 298: I hadn’t seen her so ‘up’ [...] since before Ben died.|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 28: Maybe ‘Feelings’ wasn’t ‘up’ enough. Maybe they only liked dirty songs.|
|Christine 336: Leigh Cabot was not up. She flunked an exam for the first time in her high school career.|
4. (also up on) intoxicated by a drug (cf. up adj. (1)).
|Duke 130: I’m feeling cool as hell [...] I’m way up.|
|Go, Man, Go! 35: You level pretty fast. I’m still up there. High and groovy.|
|Letter in Dear America (1985) 27 Apr. 155: I think he was up on pot.|
|Faggots 228: Matching their evening’s drugs, coordinated with Pepino’s own, so that clashing cymbals jerked them Up.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 126: No question [...] this Karras is up on something for sure.|
|Sheepshagger 62: Pill time as well. Do em in now an we’ll be well up by-a time we get yer.|
5. (US black) of a person, ready, prepared.
|Vice Trap 54: Gremie boy’s up [...] I told him about you hustling those goodies for our friend.|
|Way Past Cool 244: I need you full-up tonight.|
|Oz ser. 1 ep. 5 [TV script] If we going to be partners, we just ought to be up on how big a risk we going to take.‘Straight Life’|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] we’re up Something said when it’s time to leave ‘Hey we’re up!’.|
|Way Home (2009) 257: You know what you’re fixin to do? [...] are you up for it?|
|Viva La Madness 144: His stable of up-for-it birds who loved his sexy accent.|
6. (US campus) sexually aroused.
|C. CUSS.et al.|
|Killing Time 187: He’d come back there every week for hormone shots. To keep his thing up.|
7. (US) upset; bothered.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 14 Nov. 3/3: Touch her once on any ‘delicate point’ and she was ’up’ immediately, and victimised the offender by splitting his head open with a bottle.|
|Current Sl. VI.|
8. mentally stimulated in a positive or negative way, energised or stressed.
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 108: You need an extra dimension to deal with the tension of being so up all the time.|
|Lockie Leonard, Legend (1998) 170: ‘My mum’s [...] had a kind of breakdown.’ ‘Man. Oh, mate. She’s so up. So together, I can’t believe it.’.|
9. (US black) tense, nervous.
|Six Out Seven (1994) 321: Don’t get up, man. Just be yourself.|
10. interested, participating.
|Wire ser. 2 ep. 3 [TV script] ‘You hit D?’ ‘D ain’t up’.‘Hot Shots’|
11. see up to adv.
to bring someone before the courts.
|Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 12: [A]s the Wise Crackin’ Kid told the judge the other mornin’ when they had him up fer a witness.|
|Adventures of Jimmie Dale (1918) I iv: We’ve never had him up for anything.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 55/2: have up bring before a court; eg ‘Have him up over it, he hasn’t got a legal leg to stand on.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
|Viva La Madness 302: Ain’t you worried about being had up?|
(Aus.) in prison.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Sept. 52/1: [as cited] Did. yer. see. my. Bill ‘up above’ she said in a husky whisper. yes, replied enery shaking his head mournfully. one uv the ‘screws’ gave im er bashing Just. before I came out.|
see sense 4 above.
SE in slang uses
see old in the tooth under old adj.
(US black) aware, knowledgeable.
|‘Never Scared’ [lyrics] Now all my soldiers (soldiers), thugs (thugs), niggaz (yea!), I know you want it! / Don’t stop, get it, get it, bitches betta get up on it!|
(US black) aware, appreciative of what is important.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 38: If you were up on the stickers, like I am, you’d dig that they, themselves, are just out there mugging.|