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

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 But Lenk isn’t shivering outside a Le Pain Quotidien in order to talk up her latest stage success. Brent Lang, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 The retreat was the group’s first in-person gathering in three years and a chance for Democrats — who have seen 31 colleagues opt to retire — to talk up their achievements and compare notes on how to move forward. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 Expect Biden to talk up Ketanji Brown Jackson, his nomination to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Chris Morris, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2022 There’s good reason to talk up as much as possible. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 11 Feb. 2022 Big corporations are talking diversity but aren't backing that talk up. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 Having a member of the president’s cabinet visit a community to talk up a program lends some muscle to that program. Lisa Donovan,, 12 July 2021 Authorities, eager not to talk up war, are still taking some steps, such as training territorial-defense units and preparing bomb shelters. James Marson, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 Both sides have been eager to talk up trade and economic relations and to look for ways to collaborate on technology. Raf Sanchez, NBC News, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of talk up was in 1722

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27 Apr 2022

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“Talk up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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