big-up

transitive verb \ ˈbig-ˌəp \

Definition of big-up

big-upped; big-upping; big-ups
US slang
:to praise (someone or something)
  • But “Thank You,” which big-ups the Lord, and “Greetings From NY,” which features his 12-year-old son, show Badlands focused on religion and home rather than thug life.
  • —Justin HamptonSpinMarch 2006
  • Then he gets around to big-upping the city's (and, as of two days prior, America's) favorite Democratic son.
  • —Josh ModellSpinAugust 2008
  • Celebs … big-up her clothes.
  • —Alexandra PhanorVibeJune 2002
  • A natural charmer, Drake … big-ups the kinds of details most men miss: perfectly done hair and heel-and-handbag combos.
  • —Josh EellsRolling Stone24 June 2010

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First Known Use of big-up

1943


big up

noun

Definition of big up

US slang
:an expression of thanks or praise
  • The love has indeed come in the States, via sheer word of mouth, big ups from artists … and heavy airplay …
  • —Kimberly ChunSan Francisco Chronicle3 Feb. 2011
  • Give kudos where kudos due, and no one will object to big ups being given to you for your part in a joint endeavor.
  • Chicago Daily Herald19 Sept. 2010
  • All season long we've given Smith big ups for erasing such unsavory shot selection from his barren offensive repertoire.
  • —Peter VecseyNew York Post30 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of big up

1992


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