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

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Still stunned by the referendum result, and cowed by the way it was talked up in the media as an overwhelming mandate, our political class remains paralyzed by its own commitment to delivering the undeliverable. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 Among the most notorious abuses are pump-and-dump schemes, in which traders talk up the price of a cryptocurrency before dumping it for a profit, hurting investors who bought as the price topped out. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Bots Are Manipulating Price of Bitcoin in ‘Wild West of Crypto’," 2 Oct. 2018 There are certainly reasons to be optimistic about how things have calmed down since the period of real crisis late last year, when prominent Trump advisers and allies were talking up the prospect of military strikes on North Korea. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Is Trump gaslighting the world on North Korea?," 18 June 2018 If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, few people would be talking up freshman Sen. Kamala Harris as a Democratic candidate for president in 2020. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump may be loathed in California, but he continues to reshape its politics," 20 Jan. 2018 Apple last month talked up its own programming slate at an event in Cupertino, featuring Hollywood heavyweights Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon. Meg James, The Seattle Times, "Disney announces Disney+ will launch November 12, at $6.99 a month," 11 Apr. 2019 Despite his calls for innovation, however, Mr Xi has also been talking up the need for news media to act as the party’s mouthpiece. The Economist, "China is spending billions on its foreign-language media," 14 June 2018 That’s one reason why Republicans on Capitol Hill have increasingly been talking up other possibilities. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans Brace for a Brutal House Leadership Race," 1 June 2018 As its dispute with Washington deepened, Beijing has been calling on other countries to support global free trade and has talked up efforts to ease investment rules. NBC News, "China vows retaliation as U.S. ups trade war ante, threatens tariffs on $200 billion of goods," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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