use up

Definitions

  • Old Bragg Used to Walk up Unt Down, Growling Unt Cussing. 259
    Old Bragg Used to Walk up Unt Down, Growling Unt Cussing. 259
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v use up use up (resources or materials) "this car consumes a lot of gas","We exhausted our savings","They run through 20 bottles of wine a week"
    • v use up require (time or space) "It took three hours to get to work this morning","This event occupied a very short time"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rice flour was used to strengthen some of the bricks that make up the Great Wall of China
    • Use up to consume, to exhaust, to tire out
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Quotations

  • John Barrymore
    John%20Barrymore
    “America is the country where you can buy a lifetime supply of aspirin For one dollar and use it up in two weeks.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “I want to be all used up when I die.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “No one can keep his grieves in their prime; they use themselves up.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    Andrew%20Carnegie
    “There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves. You cannot push anyone up a ladder unless he be willing to climb himself.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. user—L. uti, usus, to use.

Usage

In literature:

It uses up nerve force and energy and renders the patient irritable and difficult to manage.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Then if you're pining to be useful you can help me take up these geraniums.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In any other outhouse cellar, as well as in one completely given over to this use, we can make up beds and grow good mushrooms.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
You may use up a good deal of seed in experimenting, but that will not matter.
"Amateur Gardencraft" by Eben E. Rexford
A great many pitchers use themselves up in their prime.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
The last large sum he had received from Herr Carovius, now nearly a year ago, he had almost used up.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Mine was used up in discovering the great treasure.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
You can use it with the visor up or down, 'cording to what we're doing.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
He is all used up, and willing to confess everything.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Used up, consumed, or asserted to be so.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

"'Spring up, O well!' she softly sang
The Hebrew's old refrain
(For Satan uses Bible words),
Till water flowed a-main.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There is no man of woman born
So brave, so good, so wise but he
Must sometimes in a night forlorn
Take up and use the Iron Key.
"The Two Keys" by Victor James Daley
If these atoms that move up and down
Were as useful as restless they are,
Than a mountain I rather would be
A mote in the sunbeam so fair.
"Motes In The Sunbeams" by Charles Lamb
It cannot be. Where is that mightie joy,
Which just now took up all my heart?
Lord! if thou must needs use thy dart,
Save that, and me; or sin for both destroy.
"The Temper (II)" by George Herbert
Forgiven be! And with no little pride
I treasure up,—and you, no doubt, see why,—
Remembrance of the lightning to one side
That used to flash from your indignant eye!
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
Hunger no fear of law descries;
"No fear of God before his eyes"--
He stole a goose, by famine led,
From that spot where his own had fed,
For where's the man who'd had the use
Of goose, could ever give up goose?
"The Cottager" by William Hutton

In news:

The elders used to say that one should not make a sound when crossing the water here, lest one awaken the thunderbird who lives just up there, up there.
This big, cheesy couscous cake is a wonderful way to use up leftovers, but it's so good and fast you'll want to make it with fresh couscous , too.
Local cookbook ' Eat Up ' offers quick ways to use up summer veggies.
Get out the griddle to use up turkey leftovers.
This uses up some of the soap.
New iPad's speedy 4G can use up data allotment in a flash .
Like many American workers, you might be using up your vacation time over the holidays but starting tomorrow.
Prepaid Card Use Up 18% as Consumers Drop Debit: Study.
Not all of that material was used up to make planets.
Now, there must be other ways to use up that turkey other than sandwiches.
This is a great way to use up any holiday's leftover candy.
A pot pie is an easy way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
Grilled sandwiches and paninis are a great way to use up the leftover bird.
Has Mel Gibson finally used up all his Hollywood lifelines.
Daniels now offers a compact solar panel package for use with its transportable radio repeater family or for use in any application requiring rapidly deployable DC power that is compact and easy to carry / set up.
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In science:

Proposition 4.1 is used in Section 5, we would use Proposition A.1 with Nn (t) being the number of loops plus the number of multiple edges (excluding loops) that have been created up to time t.
Asymptotic normality of the $k$-core in random graphs
Then we repeatedly crosslink two half-edges into a complete edge of the network, until all half-edges have been used up.
Activity patterns on random scale-free networks: Global dynamics arising from local majority rules
If galaxies progressively use up their gaseous reservoir, then more gas-depleted galaxies should have quenched their star formation at earlier times.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
By using ten instead of five elements we can, according to equation (7.1), use l numbers up to four.
Angular Momentum of Electromagnetic Radiation. Fundamental physics applied to the radio domain for innovative studies of space and development of new concepts in wireless communications
We improve previous calculations by using the results obtained using perturbative QCD up to the next to leading order (NLO) in the coupling constant.
$R_{AA}$ of $J/\psi$ near mid-rapidity in heavy ion collisions at $\sqrt{s_{NN}}=200$ GeV
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