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 meantime, Kitchens has been talking up his replacement, rookie Sheldrick Redwine, the Browns’ fourth-round pick out of Miami. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Damarious Randall back from benching this week for Bengals game and still has Freddie Kitchens’ trust," 3 Dec. 2019 Intel continues to talk up its entrance into the discrete graphics market, with its first Xe chips for the PC space planned for 2020. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel debuts Ponte Vecchio, its first Xe GPU for servers," 18 Nov. 2019 In July, Perez visited Phoenix, talking up health care as an election issue and discussing voter registration efforts. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Seizing new battleground status, Arizona Democrats vie for 2020 presidential debate," 22 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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13 Dec 2019

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