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 Alex Morgan, Ali Kreiger, and Ashlyn Harris, who know a thing or two about collaborating, stopped by to sip tea and talk up team play. Melissa Locker, Time, "MTV Video Music Awards 2019: Weirdest, Wildest and Best Moments," 27 Aug. 2019 Her stand countered the one Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, was taking during his own visit talking up a quick trade deal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad," 17 Aug. 2019 His cousin Maria Stella did her honest best to help us, making phone calls and talking up customers at her hair salon on San Vito’s main drag. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Steve Lopez goes to Italy and searches for his Sicilian roots," 17 July 2019 And entrepreneur Andrew Yang talked up his hallmark issue—a universal basic income—in the context of global warming. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "In Second Democratic Debate, Candidates Criticize Biden’s Climate Plans," 1 Aug. 2019 During last night’s Democratic debates, Senator Bernie Sanders naturally talked up his signature policy point, his Medicare for All proposal. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Canada has an excellent health care plan. Bernie Sanders’s might be even better," 31 July 2019 Cannella is Auburn’s third-leading receiver through two games, with three receptions for 52 yards, while McClain — who was also talked up throughout the spring — has yet to record a catch. Tom Green |, al, "With Seth Williams out, what’s next for Auburn’s wide receivers against Kent State?," 13 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Nasser’s comments came in stark contrast to the big buzz at the Frankfurt Auto Show where carmakers were talking up batteries and kilowatts, touting their green push into electric vehicles. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco IPO: What to Know About the Possible $2 Trillion Deal," 10 Sep. 2019 This is a league that doesn’t get talked up enough. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "What are Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz and his players saying at ACC Kickoff?," 18 July 2019

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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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