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English definition of “make sth up”

make sth up

(INVENT) phrasal verb with make     /meɪk/ verb (made, made)
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.Lies, lying and hypocrisyDishonest people
(Definition of make sth up (INVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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