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take sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with take   /teɪk/ (took, taken) us  

(FILL)

B2 to fill an amount of space or time: This desk takes up too much room. Too much of this report is taken up with out-of-date figures.
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(START)

B1 to start doing a particular job or activity: He's taken up the post of supervisor. [+ -ing verb] Have you ever thought of taking up acting? Patti took up (= continued) the story where Sue had left off.take up office to start an official job: The minister took up office in December.
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(DISCUSS)

to discuss something or deal with something: The school took the matter up with the police. UK I'd like to take you up on your sales figures for June. A leading law firm took up his case.

(CLOTHING)

to make a piece of clothing, such as a skirt or trousers, shorter
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