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Tuck up

Definitions

  • A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
    A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tuck up to gather up: to contract: to make tucks:
    • Tuck up (slang) to hang
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tucian, to pull; cog. with Low Ger. tukken, Ger. zucken; also with A.S. teón, Ger. ziehen, to draw.

Usage

In literature:

Slave gals' pantalettes warn't ruffled and tucked and trimmed up wid lace and 'broidery lak Miss Polly's chilluns' was.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The Gay Lady put me upon my own bed, tucked me up, drew the curtains, and left me to my nap.
"A Court of Inquiry" by Grace S. Richmond
He sneaked up and tucked it beneath the door as though trying not to be caught at it.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
She carried him up to his bed again and tucked him snugly in.
"At the Back of the North Wind" by Elizabeth Lewis and George MacDonald
Up the road, into the brush, out again, and then into a field, down a hill, nip and tuck!
"What Might Have Been Expected" by Frank R. Stockton
That evening when the twins were in bed mummie came to tuck them up.
"The Empire Annual for Girls, 1911" by Various
They may have expected Perry to find him in his cups and tuck him up comfortably at Charringworth or at Ebrington.
"Historical Mysteries" by Andrew Lang
Its knees were bent and a little foot tucked up to touch its body.
"Lore of Proserpine" by Maurice Hewlett
In the first gray light of morning Harris was up and slicing shavings from the few dry sticks Slade had so thoughtfully tucked away.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
On his way to the tuck shop, Ben, the captain of the Fifteen, came up and spoke to him.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
They are generally accompanied by their wives or daughters, who ride like the men, but with the knees tucked up higher.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
When he had tucked up the last rope end, he turned to her.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Roger tucked the note into his shorts and stepped up to the line.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
Milly, snugly tucked up on the leeward side of the deck, closed her eyes as the boat rolled with heavy dignity, and thought.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
They are peaceful as you are when you are tucked up in your little bed.
"A Girl in Ten Thousand" by L. T. Meade
Some cowboys tuck me up and l'arned me to cook, and I followed that for a long time.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
I looked about the place and not a soul appeared, Alberta tucked herself up on a rug and was soon fast asleep.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
I hung up my coat and tucked up my sleeves, prepared to assist them.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
Rayner, and another midshipman, also with bare feet and trousers tucked up, were paddling about, directing the men in their various duties.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mudge threw off his jacket, and tucking up his shirt sleeves, set manfully to work.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

There is no magic from your presence here,
Ho, moon, sad moon, tuck up your trailing robe,
Whose silver seems antique and so severe
Against the glow of one electric globe.
"Song of the Moon" by Claude McKay
His tools the Engraver collected in hand;
The beggar perceiv'd there was no time to stand,
So he blufted an eye, and he tuck'd up a leg,
And like other beggars he set out to beg.
"The Triumvirate" by William Hutton
An' that is orl there wus to Mick, wiv orl 'is leery ways.
If I wus up among the 'eads, wiv right to blame or praise,
Whenever some sich bloke as 'im wus tucked away fer good
I'd chalk them words above 'is 'ead: "'E never understood."
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis
Thare the first griss-mill was put up in the Settlement, and we
Had tuck our grindin' to it in the Fall of Forty-three--
When we tuck our rifles with us, techin' elbows all the way,
And a-stickin' right together ev'ry minute, night and day.
"To My Old Friend, William Leachman" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

I hope that Randall Chesser is in a comfy bed, feet propped up, with a warm, fluffy comforter tucked over his slight body.
Education HNIS students step up to tuck in .
Education HNIS students step up to tuck in.
Tuck was not seen on the field warming up before the game.
"They're a little bit mixed up," Tuck said.
Built from native stone, this ranch-style inn tucked among a few old apple trees backs up to Coconino National Forest.
Bedolwhatsnext.com Tuck this water-powered clock into your suitcase and never again worry about unpredictable wake-up calls.
With Stewart And Tuck, Dolson Has Help Up Front.
With the Christmas tree tucked away and holiday goodies finally out of the fridge, it's time to live up to those lofty resolutions you made just weeks ago.
It's essential to everything we do, from the moment we get up in the morning until we tuck in for the night.
When the stool is not in use, tuck it underneath to open up floor space.
Paige and I did a warmup to try to knock the frost from our legs, then tucked into the mass at the start, huddled up next to some friends.
From 2001 to this summer, Bill Keller was tucked away in a 10th-floor office at the Times headquarters on West 43rd Street, thinking through Op-Ed pieces on topics from workplace smoking bans to the military build-up in Iraq.
Tucked in a Waldo strip mall, this restaurant spices up its location with authentic Indian cuisine.
It is a small patch of unassuming football real estate, tucked between the sideline and the big guys lined up around the ball.
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