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 In the early stages of the campaign, Republican candidates are talking up the president and his policies. al, "Alabama Senate GOP hopefuls praise Trump in hopes for his endorsement," 14 Nov. 2019 Sohn talked up the test’s sensitivity, but avoided discussing its false positive rate, even when asked by a journalist. Hinnerk Feldwisch-drentrup, Science | AAAS, "German university finds “severe” misconduct by researcher who promoted questionable cancer blood test," 25 Oct. 2019 In the meantime, Mr Chesky tirelessly talks up its growth potential. The Economist, "Airbnb and Uber are chalk and cheese," 10 Oct. 2019 In 2016, Trump talked up his support for coal, rolling up huge victories in even the most Democratic counties in the area. Bruce Schreiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kentucky Dem looks to made inroads in pro-Trump coal country," 2 Oct. 2019 Johnson will likely talk up the state of negotiations with the European Union and the prospects of striking a deal with the bloc. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Boris Johnson had a torrid week. Now he's fighting to take back control," 8 Sep. 2019 People also talked up the athletic challenges and other benefits for boys and girls in learning to dance. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince George becomes hero for all ballet-loving boys and men after Lara Spencer mocks him," 23 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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29 Nov 2019

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“Talk up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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