fill up

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fill up (third-person singular simple present fills up, present participle filling up, simple past and past participle filled up)

  1. (transitive) To make (something) completely full.
  2. (intransitive) To fill the tank of a vehicle with fuel.
    It costs a fortune these days to fill up.
  3. (intransitive) To become completely full.
  4. (intransitive) To become tearful as a result of strong emotion.
  5. (idiomatic, colloquial) To annoy, or displease, by taunting, or by excessive nagging.
    • 1967, Lennon–McCartney (lyrics and music), “Getting Better”, in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, performed by The Beatles:
      The teachers that taught me weren't cool. / You're holding me down, / Turning me 'round, / Filling me up with your rules.
  6. (transitive) To satisfy the hunger of (someone).
    Thanks for the chocolate cake – it really filled me up!
  7. (intransitive, reflexive) To satisfy one's hunger; to stop being hungry.
    • 2008 October, David Schipper, “Outsmart your stomach: Seven ways to fill your gut—and lose it, too”, in Men's Health, volume 23, number 8, →ISSN, page 135:
      We've scoured these science and tapped the top experts to help you learn how to do just that. Use these seven simple strategies, and you'll fill up without filling out.
  8. (poker slang) To make a full house on the turn or the river.
  9. (Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, transitive) To fill in / fill out a form etc.


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