have up

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have up

  1. (transitive, idiomatic, UK) To accuse, arrest, try for a criminal act.
    • 2007, Saturday October 27, Don't write off religion - it can be the key to a stable family, by Anne Karpf in The Guardian
      If Richard Dawkins had his way, a fair number of you and, as it happens, me, would be had up for child abuse. According to him, that's what religious indoctrination of children by their parents is.