talk 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

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The company has talked up how the smaller tablet will appeal to two particular demographics: students and women. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Microsoft Shrinks The Surface To A Purse-Friendly Size," 11 July 2018 Teamtalk has alleged that Sobhi has been talked up by none other than international compatriot and current Reds superstar Mohamed Salah, with the forward apparently informing Jurgen Klopp to make a move for the 21-year-old., "Liverpool Eye £15m Swoop for Stoke Starlet After Glowing Mo Salah Recommendation," 20 Mar. 2018 Henry noted Ward has been talking up the border on her own. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "McSally, Schweikert get support from group with ties to McConnell, Rove," 14 June 2018 Faculty members talk up the value of a career in research. Catherine Rentz,, "'Agents of change:' A year with the UMBC program shaping some of the nation's best and most diverse scientists," 18 May 2018 China’s sliding yuan is often talked up as a good thing for exporters – but many other companies are left vulnerable. Fortune, "China's Sliding Yuan Is Bad News for These Companies," 28 June 2018 Another threat talked up by bears is the oil price, which has risen to close to $80 a barrel. The Economist, "World economic growth is slowing. Don’t worry—yet," 19 May 2018 And no pre-NYFW party is complete without some stylish celebs: Prabal pals Carey Mulligan, Rashida Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen showed up wearing their favorite designs from the line, which has been talked up to Missoni-level sell-out proportions. Kate Schweitzer, Marie Claire, "New York Fashion Week Kicks Off with Prabal Gurung for Target Party," 7 Feb. 2013 A week ago, former Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali was talking up quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the NFL Network and made the comparison to Packers legend Brett Favre. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Brett Favre's former teammate 'beginning to buy into the hype' about Patrick Mahomes," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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