I vari significati della parola "UP"

 There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more  meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is ‘UP.’

HURRY UP !!!!!!!  SBRIGATI !!!!!!!!

 It’s easy to  understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, (è facile capire il significato di UP-SU, col significato di guardare su nel cielo, o in cima alla lista, ma……) but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP (svegliarsi)? At a meeting, why does a topic  come UP (saltare su all’improvviso)? Why do we speak UP (parlare ad alta voce) and why are the officers  UP (candidati) for  election and why is it UP (dipendere da) to the secretary to write  UP (fare una recenzione) a report?

We call UP (telefonare) our friends. And we use it to  brighten UP (illuminare)a room, polish  UP (lucidare) the  silver; we warm UP(riscaldare) the leftovers and clean UP (ripulire)the kitchen. We lock  UP (chiudere a chiave) the  house and some guys fix UP (aggiustare,restaurare) the old car. At other times the  little word has real special meaning. People stir UP  (suscitare, provocare) trouble, line  UP (mettersi in fila) for  tickets, work UP (stimolare l’appetito) an appetite, and think UP (inventarsi delle scuse)excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be  dressed UP  (vestirsi elegante)is special.

  And this  UP is  confusing: A drain must be opened UP ( aprire) because it is stopped  UP (otturato) .We open UP (aprire) a store in the morning but we close  it UP (chiudere) at night.

 We seem to be pretty  mixed UP (confusi)  about UP  !  To be knowledgeable about the proper uses  of UP, look the word UP  (cercare) in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it  takes  UP (occupare – tempo o spazio) almost 1/4th of the page and can  add UP to (aggiungere) about thirty definitions. If you are  UP to it , you might try building  UP a (costruire)  list of the many ways UP is used. It will take  UP a  lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP,(rinuncire)  you may  wind UP finire con)with a hundred or more. When it threatens to  rain, we say it is clouding UP (minaccia di pioggia). When the sun comes out we say it  is clearing  UP… (schiarendo)

 When it  rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.(fare su della confusione)

 When it doesn’t rain for awhile,  things dry  UP.(asciugare, seccare)

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap  it UP,(impacchettare) for now my time is  UP, (tempo concluso) so … it is time to shut  UP ! (stare zitti)     

Ci sono  circa 320 Phrasal Verbs con la parola UP nel dizionario inglese- There are about 320 Phrasal Verbs with the word UP in the English dictionary.


up a gum tree (Australian English)

If you’re up a gum tree, you’re in trouble or have a serious problem.

up and running

You can say something like a system or an organisation is up and running if it has started to operate.

up for grabs Informal

If something is up for grabs, it’s available for anyone who wants to try to get it.

up in arms

If you are up in arms, you are angry about something that you think is unfair or wrong.

up in the air

If something such as a plan to do something, or details of an agreement, are up in the air, they still haven’t been decided or settled yet.

up to no good Informal

If someone is up to no good, they are doing something bad, or something wrong.

up to scratch | up to snuff Informal

You can say something is up to scratch, or up to snuff, if it’s as good as it should be, or as good as it needs to be.

up to your neck | up to your eyeballs

If you’re up to your neck in something, or up to your eyeballs in something, you’ve got too much of it and it’s become a problem.


If someone’s up-and-coming, they show signs of being successful in their profession.