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up the river

Definition of up the river

  1. 1 :  in the direction opposite to the flow of the river <Large boats came up the river.>

  2. 2 US old-fashioned + informal :  to prison <They sent him up the river for 10 years.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

riverplay
  1. :  a natural stream of water of usually considerable volume

    :  watercourse

    :  something resembling a river


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