give it up

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give it up (third-person singular simple present gives it up, present participle giving it up, simple past gave it up, past participle given it up)

  1. (usually followed by for) To welcome onto a stage; to cheer; to applaud.
    • 2013, Bill de Blasio’s Victory Speech[1], New York Times, retrieved 27 April 2014:
      “Ladies and gentleman, give it up for the next First Lady of New York City!”

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually used in the imperative mood, directing an audience to welcome a person, group, or entertainment act.