talk up

talked up; talking up; talks up

Definition of talk up

transitive verb

: to discuss favorably : advocate, promote talk up the new product

intransitive verb

: to speak up plainly or directly

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Examples of talk up in a Sentence

the director and actors are making the obligatory rounds of the late-night shows to talk up their new movie feel free to talk up if you have any objections
Recent Examples on the Web That aside, this is how Trump talks up his progress. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "4 takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address," 5 Feb. 2020 Maintaining his matter-of-fact means to an end, Brannen didn't talk up the stage created by an ESPN broadcast and a contest against a likely future NBA lottery draft pick in freshman forward Precious Achiuwa and a former NBA megastar in Hardaway. Fletcher Page,, "Cincinnati basketball and No. 22 Memphis meet with validation on the line," 16 Jan. 2020 So much money has been lost that Seoul last month talked up re-instituting a ban on short selling, which was lifted in 2013. Washington Post, "What’s Worse Than Corrupt Billionaires? Socialism," 16 Sep. 2019 Trump was then talking up Domino's and even starring in a Domino's commercial for the new American Classic Cheeseburger Pizza. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Domino's ripped by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for $30 pizzas," 2 Jan. 2020 Finley was talking up Boingo's latest deal, a long-term arrangement with Verizon to provide 5G connectivity to Verizon customers at the almost 70 venues where Boingo already provides other wireless options. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Questions Galore as Peloton Pedals Towards the Public Market—Data Sheet," 28 Aug. 2019 During the rally, Trump talked up the economy extensively. Fox News, "Trump tells NH rallygoers 'we have a bunch of socialists or communists to beat' -- as Dem rivals gather nearby," 15 Aug. 2019 Cruz then talked up the idea at a broader lunch of all GOP senators, the officials said, and received encouragement. Robert Costa,, "Ahead of Senate impeachment trial, spotlight’s on moderate Republicans," 15 Jan. 2020 Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committee, has spent the last week talking up his resolution and trying to bring Republicans on board. Washington Post, "With Iran war powers resolution, Kaine finds new way to push his signature issue," 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Talk up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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