give it up

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give it up

  1. (usually followed by for) To welcome onto a stage; to cheer; to applaud.
    • 2013, "Bill de Blasio’s Victory Speech" (video transcript), 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.