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speak up

verb (intransitive, adverb)
to speak more loudly
to state one's beliefs, objections, etc, bravely and firmly
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  • Gizur told him that he ought to give notice of the suit for manslaughter, and bade him speak up, so that all might hear him well.

  • "speak up and deny what he says," said the King to the Cook's son.

  • But Luther did speak up; and there was no swagger about him either.

    Amos Huntingdon T.P. Wilson
  • speak up, Margaret, before some other rude person interrupts.

    Lucile Triumphant Elizabeth M. Duffield
  • And she would not even see him, to let him speak up for truth and justice.

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
Idioms and Phrases with speak up

speak up

Also, speak out. Talk loudly, so as to be heard, as in Speak up, child, I can't hear you, or He should speak out so that those in back can hear him. The first term dates from the early 1700s, the variant from the early 1500s.
Also, speak up for. Express one's opinion or one's support for someone or something. For example, When it comes to speaking up about the town's needs, you can rely on Mary, or I'm glad you spoke up for me in that meeting. [ c. 1700 ]
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