Goes up meaning and examples

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First of all, go up has a literal meaning, which is used when someone or something physically goes from a lower place to a higher place:

  • Go up the stairs and the director’s office is on the left.
  • I don’t think I can go up that hill. I’m too tired.
  • The cat has gone up the tree. How are we going to take her down?

Or when talking about travelling north:

  • We’ll be going up to Norway for a short trip next week.

But it can also be used figuratively:

  • Prices have gone up since last year. (become higher)
  • Interest rates are likely to go up as well. (become higher)

And some of its meanings have nothing to do with “high”:
EXPLODE

  • After the crash, the car went up in flames.
  • The entire shop went up when a spark lit the petrol.

APPROACH SOMEONE OR SOMETHING

  • Just go up to him and ask him out. What’s so difficult about that?
  • Carol went up to the counter and demanded to see the manager.

BE BUILT

  • In the 90s, high-rise buildings went up all over the city.
  • A new swimming-pool will go up here soon.

 
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