503 – 9 Ways To Use Be Up

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Hey guys, it’s Michael here. Well we are a couple of weeks into spring and it actually seems like the weather is starting to warm up. I guess old man winter has finally hit the road. I really like the spring and one reason is my birthday. Yep! My birthday is coming up this weekend. Maybe a lot of you guys are wondering how old I am. Well, let’s just say I’m somewhere between the Beatles and Bon Jovi.

Today, we’re going to talk about the BE verb, and specifically, I’m going to show you nine ways that we can use the phrase be up. It’s amazing to me how many phrases and idioms we have with these two little words. Today, we’re going to do something a little different. At first, I’m going to tell you a little story that has these phrases and idioms in context. After the story, we’re going to listen to a conversation between Jack and Tommy that uses the same phrases and idioms. And then after that we’ll check out the meaning and usage of each one. Are you ready? Let’s check it out!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • Jack asked Tommy if he was up.
  • I’m up early every morning.
  • I remember when I was a teenager I used to be up all night.
  • It seems like Tommy wasn’t up for Jack’s phone call.
  • I talked to Joe today. He’s up for going to the bar tonight after work.
  • I’m not up for another long and boring meeting with the boss.
  • Jack was up a creek when he lost money at the casino.
  • I was up a creek when I lost my passport while traveling in Europe.
  • You are going to be up a creek if you keep coming to work late.
  • Tommy had a feeling that Jack was up to something because Jack called him after midnight.
  • Why are you smiling like that? Are you up to something?
  • There were a few teenagers on the train behaving strangely. I think they were up to something.
  • Jack stopped gambling a few years ago but now it seems like he is up to his old tricks. This means, Jack started gambling again.
  • Mario has been to the bar every night this week. It seems like he is up to his old tricks again.
  • The boss is up to his old tricks again. He has been taking notes about what time everybody arrives at the office in morning.
  • Jack’s gambling wasn’t up to par tonight. This means he wasn’t playing very well.
  • Frank’s work as a salesman with wasn’t up to par, so he was fired from his job.
  • The food in this restaurant is usually very good but tonight it’s not really up to par.
  • Jack was winning a little and then losing a little at the casino. He was up and down.
  • The price of gasoline these days is up and down.
  • My weight has been up and down recently. I really think I need a healthier lifestyle.
  • Jack was up against a really good poker player.
  • Richie just got fired from his job. He is up against a tough job market these days.
  • If we try to Boston at 7 AM we are going to be up against a lot of heavy traffic.
  • It seems like Jack is up to his eyeballs in debt.
  • Recently I have been up to my eyeballs in work.
  • Jenny is growing tomatoes in her garden and she’s a little too successful. She’s up to her eyeballs in tomatoes.

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