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English definition of “make sth up”

make sth up

phrasal verb with make     /meɪk/ verb [T] (past tense and past participle made)
B2 to say or write something that is not true: I made up some story about having to go and see my sick mother.Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
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