cotton up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cotton up ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior "She is playing up to the chairman"
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Usage

In literature:

I wasn't under any obligations to wrap him up in cotton and bring him back this side up with care to his anxious friends.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
We were kept in-doors; and Fanny could not be easy till I had looked up her cotton and knitting-needles.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
He has an idea that I am such a precious article that I should be done up in cotton.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
The Reviewer charges me with having wronged Cotton Mather, by representing that he "got up" the whole affair of the Goodwin children.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
He was asleep all curled up to keep warm in his cotton clothes.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
Mrs. Stahl and I were up before dawn, covering hassocks with Turkey red cotton.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
She sat down again and took up her work, a white cotton stocking she was darning.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
The cotton manufacture sprang up soon after 1780 with enormous rapidity.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Up to this latter year my life had been nothing more than that of the average Negro boy on a cotton-farm.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
Some cackle out and all jump up and go back to picking out cotton seed!
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

She was only a farmer’s daughter,
Dressed in a cotton gown,
One day she grew tired of cowslips
And ran up to London Town.
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor
And the only thing (says Jones) to do
Is, eat no meat that's boughten:
`But tear up every I, O, U,
And plant all corn and swear for true
To quit a-raisin' cotton!'
"Jones's Private Argyment" by Sidney Lanier
There light clouds spread, heaping up spun cotton;
See next a huge snake, then a strong lion;
Again, behold a couple locked in love.
All vanish, at last, in the vapoury sky.
"On The Sea's Bosom" by Swami Vivekananda
He might have been a Javanese,
He might have been a Jap dog,
And also neither one of these,
But just a common lapdog,
The kind that people send, you know,
Done up in cotton, to the Show.
"The Pampered Lapdog And The Misguided Ass" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Murphree grew up on a cotton farm in Maricopa, Arizona, and has deep roots in the agricultural supply chain.
At 9.9 miles, this multi-use loop gently climbs an old logging road crisscrossing Cotton Brook, then moves up the banks of a reservoir with dramatic views of the Worcester Range.
And local stores are not passing up the chance to get a piece of Cotton Bowl action.
COLLEGE STATION, TX — The Cotton Bowl match up against the Aggies and the Sooners was just announced over the weekend but tickets have been sold out for months except for a select number of student seats.
Texas cotton getting a genetic 'tune-up.
Cotton 's Future Up for Debate at Sourcing USA Summit.
Loved farm life, but knew at five years old, didn't want to be a "cotton picker" when I grew up.
Up until now it was a challenge to find organic cotton jeans that fit me well.
Powell hasn't played much leading up to the Sooners' date with Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, but this is a bad look for Oklahoma in a quiet part of the season.
Despite losing leading scorer Bryce Cotton to a knee injury, Ed Cooley's PC Friars picked up their fourth straight win on Saturday.
The entire quintet was dressed up like oversized garden gnomes — sporting huge paper cone hats and white cotton beards that were lit up with Christmas lights.
PROVIDENCE – In the end, Bryce Cotton suited up for the Providence Friars.
Visit their eco fashion online to pick up perfect fair trade gifts, like these organic cotton Tassel Scarves.
I GREW UP IN WACO, where papa was a cotton buyer.
Organic cotton textiles sales in 2008 were $3.2 billion worldwide, up 63 percent from the $1.9 billion spent in 2007, according to the Organic Exchange's Organic Cotton Market Reports.
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In science:

Our main result establishes that any possible solution for the extrinsic curvature Kab as found out from (46) and (47) is defined up to a contribution of the form (53), involving the Cotton-York tensor with the proportionality constant k .
Towards a general solution of the Hamiltonian constraints of General Relativity
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