send up

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send up

  1. Put in prison, as in He'll be sent up for at least ten years. [Mid-1800s]

  2. Cause to rise, as in The emissions sent up by that factory are clearly poisonous. [Late 1500s]

  3. Satirize, make a parody of, as in This playwright has a genius for sending up suburban life. [First half of 1900s]

  4. send up a trial balloon. See trial balloon.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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