fix up

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fix up (third-person singular simple present fixes up, present participle fixing up, simple past and past participle fixed up)

  1. (informal, transitive, intransitive) To provide (someone) with something; to furnish.
    I need someone to fix me up with a tent and some camping gear.
    1913, Harris Dickson, The Saturday Evening Post - Volume 186[1]:
    Ef you don't fix me up a rake-off I got to scrap roun' fer myself.
  2. (intransitive, always with with) To set up a date or to introduce people with the intention of a possible romantic or sexual coupling.
    Can you fix me up with a date for Saturday night?
    • 2006, Leisure Entertainment Service Company, Nine romantic stories to remember[2]:
      "You and I are going dancing," he said. "I'm going to buy you a drink, and then I'm going to fix you up with someone. You've been alone too long. It's time for you to get back in circulation." "Don't fix me up," I said. "I'll go, but don't fix me up.
    • 1975, Shelley Steinmann List, Nobody Makes Me Cry[3]:
      Please don't fix me up with any of your tycoons
  3. (transitive) To repair or refurbish.
    I've been fixing up the boat for the holidays.
    • 2017 January 12, Jesse Hassenger, “A literal monster truck is far from the stupidest thing about Monster Trucks”, in The Onion AV Club[4]:
      Creech is flexible enough to hide inside of the old truck that Tripp is fixing up, and Tripp discovers that, with the right tweaking, the oil-guzzling Creech can actually power that truck from the inside.
  4. (informal, transitive) To prepare or provide (something).
    His mother will fix up a snack for the sleepover tonight.
  5. (slang, dated) To settle up with; reimburse.
    • 1906, Myra Kelly, A Soul Above Buttons[5]:
      "If you don't fix me up I'll report you and have your whole shop raided.”
    • 2016, Steve Austin, Working Dog Heroes[6]:
      I didn't extend credit to other kids, but after he'd become a regular customer he asked me to take some bets for which he'd fix me up later.

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