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[uhp-uh n-kuhm-ing] /ˈʌp ənˈkʌm ɪŋ/
likely to succeed; bright and industrious:
an up-and-coming young executive.
Origin of up-and-coming
1840-50, Americanism
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up-and-comer, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for up and coming


promising continued or future success; enterprising
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Slang definitions & phrases for up and coming

up against the wall


Prepare to be humiliated, attacked, robbed, despised, etc; GO FUCK oneself: our commune motto, ''Up against the wall, motherfuckers''/ Up against the wall, IBM and General Electric and Xerox and Procter & Gamble and American Express

[1960s+ Counterculture; fr a line in a poem by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka), ''Up against the wall, motherfuckers,'' fr the command of a holdup man to his victim, or of the police to a person being arrested, forcing him to immobilize himself by leaning forward arched with hands against a wall; probably influenced by the fact that people are executed by being shot against a wall]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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