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sit-up

[sit-uhp] /ˈsɪtˌʌp/
noun
1.
an exercise in which a person lies flat on the back, lifts the torso to a sitting position, and then lies flat again without changing the position of the legs: formerly done with the legs straight but now usually done with the knees bent.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; noun use of verb phrase sit up
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sit-up

n.

also situp, kind of physical exercise, 1955, from the verbal phrase (attested from early 13c.); see sit (v.) + up (adv.). Related: Sit-ups.

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