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send up

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sent up; sending up; sends up

transitive verb

: to send to jail
: to make fun of : parody

Examples of send-up in a Sentence

Verb the sitcom sends up the “trials and tribulations” of the rich and famous
Recent Examples on the Web
At once a brilliant send-up of the horror genre and a loving homage, this film will satisfy enthusiasts and dabblers alike. Amy MacKelden, ELLE, 28 Aug. 2023 But in her view, Merrily is far from the bleak show business send-up that critics excoriated in 1981. Marley Marius, Vogue, 21 Aug. 2023 Based on the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a classic send-up of King Arthur and his witless band of knights, this 2005 hit musical, which garnered a pre-Chez Diaz Sara Ramirez a Tony, will land at the St. James Theatre this fall. Christopher Barnard, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2023 The film is also a dryly caustic send-up of the music industry, with an A&M executive, voiced by the actor Rob LaBelle (who also plays Karen and Richard’s father), exclaiming his plans for The Carpenters with a coldness that only an inanimate object could conjure. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 20 July 2023 Gerwig delights in the richness and weirdness of her material in this clever send-up of Barbie dolls and their fraught legacy. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2023 Brosnan attempts a send-up of his most famous role as a sleek and suave action man. Murtada Elfadl, Variety, 7 July 2023 The Blackening is both a send-up and an ode to horror films and Black culture, embracing and skewering stereotypes without a need or desire to let white audiences in on the joke. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 16 June 2023 The smug cynicism of Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) dominated Tina Fey’s acerbic send-up of the corporate-entertainment complex, 30 Rock. The New Republic, 14 June 2023
Now, nearly a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, NATO is set to send up to 54 Leopard 2s to energize the Ukrainian army. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 The Russians opted to send up a replacement spacecraft, and the crew's mission was extended an additional six months. William Harwood, CBS News, 3 Sep. 2023 The mission was already delayed multiple times, including on two occasions to make way for a separate mission to send up the massive Jupiter 3 communications satellite. Wes Davis, The Verge, 27 Aug. 2023 But her most impressive play of the day was the pass that sent up the final goal in the 77th minute. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2023 Amazon plans to launch thousands of satellites but has yet to send up a single one. Christian Davenport and Joseph Menn, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2023 SpaceX waited a day later than planned but sent up the next quartet of astronauts headed to the International Space Station during an overnight launch from Kennedy Space Center early Saturday. Richard Tribou Orlando Sentinel (tns), Arkansas Online, 27 Aug. 2023 When one daring man reached Day 29, Bacon sent up word that the man’s wife was in a bar across the street with another man — and the pole sitter abandoned his post. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Currently, a heat dome over the southeastern United States is sending temperatures well above 100°F, more than 1,000 fires are actively burning across Canada, and some 100,000 people in Pakistan have been evacuated after a river overflowed and sent up to six feet of water across roadways. Sabrina Shankman,, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1958, in the meaning defined above


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of send-up was in 1852

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“Send-up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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