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 Economists and commentators usually like to talk up the benefits of low interest rates, which are presumed to expand employment and economic activity. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Already in trouble, corporate pension plans are doomed by low interest rates," 10 Oct. 2019 He was talked up as a potential gubernatorial candidate for last year’s election, and there’s been some mild speculation of a 2022 run against incumbent Gavin Newsom. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Why Faulconer laid low on San Diego’s gun storage law," 13 Sep. 2019 What's next: When the time comes, Facebook will talk up its competitors and tout its own investments in American innovation, job growth and small businesses. Dylan Byers, NBC News, "Mark Zuckerberg's next FTC fight could be tougher," 25 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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15 Nov 2019

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“Talk up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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