on the up and up

idiom

informal
1
US : honest and legal
I don't want to do anything dishonest. Let's keep everything on the up and up.
2
British : becoming more successful
He recently got a promotion and is on the up and up.

Examples of on the up and up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The injury report serves to keep everyone on the up and up, so a team can’t hide the injury – or recovery – of a key player from the upcoming opponent. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 But assuming everything is on the up and up, this deal puts a crucial corner of Leimert Park in Black hands. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 With everything on the up and up, the couple traveled to the North Carolina Outer Banks ahead of Memorial Day to visit Daniel's family on Hatteras Island for a week. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 To keep things on the up and up, the Air Jordan 1 listing is being managed on eBay by Auction Cause, and the sneakers will be authenticated before being shipped to the buyer, according to eBay. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2021 One frequently used when a sports franchise is on the up and up. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023 On the flipside, a bull market usually happens when the economy is on the up and up and a broad market index sees a 20% increase over at least a two-month period. Ivana Pino, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2022 Given how little influence is needed to tip a match, everything possible must be done to ensure competition is on the up and up. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Oct. 2022 To ensure that your powder SPF is on the up and up, steer clear of sunscreens with harmful substances. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2022

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“On the up and up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20up%20and%20up. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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