go up

went up; gone up; going up; goes up

Definition of go up

intransitive verb

1 chiefly British : to attend a university
2 of an actor : to become confused
3 : to be built or erected a new sign went up
go up in flames go up in smoke
: to be destroyed by or as if by burning

First Known Use of go up

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Go up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/going%20up%20in%20flames. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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