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up to no good

Meaning: to have an evil plan

Example: The children can be up to no good cooped up in that attic together for two hours. You must go up and check. Read on

ups and downs

Meaning: good times and bad times

Example: Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is important to stick it out. Read on

wind up

Meaning: to be annoyed by someone

Example: My sister really knows how to wind me up. Read on

up to the mark

Meaning: to be good enough

Example: Your exam results this term were not up to the mark. Read on

hang up

Meaning: to disconnect a phone call. It is often used when someone does not want to continue a conversation

Example: If you do not stop complaining then I will hang up on you. Read on

give up

Meaning: to stop trying to figure something out

Example: John was so tired of trying to fix the stove that he decided to give up and phone an electrician. Read on

speak up

Meaning: raise your voice

Example: Can you speak up because those at the back can barely hear you? Read on

what are you up to

Meaning: another way to ask someone, what are you doing?

Example: Seeing me going from room to room with no apparent method, my friend couldn't help but ask what I was up to. Read on

high up

Meaning: to have an important standing in society

Example: With the way he barked orders at the workers, everyone got the impression that he is high up in the company. Read on

stay up

Meaning: not go to sleep

Example: Mom made sure we stayed up to welcome our dad home after months of him being on military tour. Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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