follow up on (something)


chiefly US
: to try to get more information about (something)
The police followed up on the leads.
: to do something in response to (something) : to take appropriate action about (something)
He says that the police failed to follow up on his complaints.

Examples of follow up on (something) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Detectives ignored and failed to follow up on leads that suggested Solorio was not their man. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The Police Force, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Aruba and other investigative entities will follow up on any serious leads that could solve the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 As the sheriff's office re-examines whether Rader was responsible for additional missing persons cases and unsolved murders, Upton said Virden remained in Kansas on Thursday to follow up on another investigatory tip. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2023 Past attempts to enforce the residential hotel law from 2016 to 2018 fizzled when housing inspectors issued citations but failed to follow up on them. Robin Urevich, ProPublica, 2 Oct. 2023 Mountain West schools offer similar types of sports to their students. Would love a follow up on all the people who invested $150k for 5-year commitments to the new Reser after the fallout from the Pac-12 imploding. Ndaschel, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2023 The researchers wanted to follow up on that earlier work to see what factors might drive RNA editing in cephalopods. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 8 June 2023 In particular, minors’ comments are regularly ignored, cultures of silence are upheld, and institutions fail to record or follow up on patient complaints. Michelle Simpson Tuegel, STAT, 7 Sep. 2023 In addition, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, the top law-enforcement officer in New York state, has endorsed a joint law-enforcement initiative that would follow up on a series of leads presented in the article. Eric J. Greenberg, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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“Follow up on (something).” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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