draw up


Definition of draw up

transitive verb

1 : to bring (a body of troops) into array
2 : to prepare a draft or version of draw up plans
3 : to bring to a halt
4 : to straighten (oneself) to an erect posture especially as an assertion of dignity or resentment

intransitive verb

: to come to a halt the car drew up at the door

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Examples of draw up in a Sentence

he drew up his horse outside the tavern drew up the troops into a line along the ridge

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But the credit was never meant to be permanent, and so a phase-out plan was drawn up, which would be triggered when an automaker delivered the 200,000th eligible car. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla will be the first automaker to lose the federal tax credit for electric cars," 12 July 2018 The plans were drawn up at a time when Russia appeared eager to engage with the West — and many Germans still see Russia more positively today than other countries do. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained," 11 July 2018 Several were either drawn up by Moneypenny or inspired by him. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Forgotten Figure Behind Daytona International Speedway," 7 July 2018 As reported by the Mirror, a new blueprint has been drawn up for the future of the club with new director of football Marcel Brands keen to slash wages and develop youth, a notion Silva is on board with. SI.com, "Everton 'Confident' of Finally Unveiling Marco Silva as New Manager This Week," 29 May 2018 But a new wrinkle in the way these requirements are drawn up is driving concerns (and lawsuits) based on suspicion that the idea is to make urban minority folk work while exempting rural white beneficiaries. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "3 States Are Pushing Medicaid Reforms That Discriminate Against Black People," 14 May 2018 Similar regulations had been drawn up by Department of Labor in 2016. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Financial planners set fiduciary rules with investors in mind," 13 Apr. 2018 The agreement was drawn up nearly a quarter-century ago when Marvel, Disney and other Hollywood studios could only dream of how successful the superhero franchises would become. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Disney's California Adventure expansion will feature Marvel superheroes. Just don't call it 'Marvel Land'," 6 Apr. 2018 The measure, proposed by Senator Rob Portman, was drawn up following 2016 reports that adults and children were being trafficked on the classifieds website Backpage.com. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Senate Passes SESTA, the Controversial Sex-Trafficking Bill," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of draw up

1605, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of draw up was in 1605

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