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make sth up

phrasal verb with make uk   /meɪk/  us   /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
  • (INVENT)

B2 to invent something, such as an excuse or a story, often in order to deceive: I made up an excuse about having to look after the kids. My dad was always really good at making up stories.

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  • They made up an excuse not to go to the meeting.
  • She told us stories about her family, but they were all made up.
  • There was no fire - he made it all up.
  • If you can't think what to write, just make something up.
  • I made up a few words about his role in the company.
  • (PREPARE)

to prepare or arrange something by putting different things together: Could you make up a list of all the things that need to be done? He asked the man behind the counter to make up a box with a selection of chocolates. The maid will make up your room later.
specialized fabrics to produce or prepare something from cloth: We could use the rest of the material to make up some curtains.
specialized publishing If you make up a page, book, or newspaper, you arrange the text and pictures in the form in which they will be printed.
If you make up a bed for someone, you put sheets and covers on a bed so that they have a place to sleep in your home.
UK If you make up a fire, you prepare it or put more wood or coal on it when it is burning.
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