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- (intransitive) To speak up, especially in a robust, assertive manner; to say something suddenly.
- (intransitive) To begin singing or playing musical notes on a pipe or similar wind instrument.
- 1907, Mark Twain, chapter 16, in Chapters from My Autobiography:
- But presently the gray dawn stole over the world, the birds piped up, then the sun rose and poured light and comfort all around.
- (intransitive, of wind, etc.) To begin to blow more vigorously.
- 1911, Jack London, “Make Westing”, in When God Laughs and Other Stories:
- Once, for ten minutes, the sun shone at midday, and ten minutes afterward a new gale was piping up.
- (transitive, rare) To call, awaken, or summon, as with a musical instrument.
- 1898, J. Meade Falkner, chapter 5, in Moonfleet, London, Toronto, Ont.: Jonathan Cape, published 1934:
- Yet beyond turning my blood cold for a moment, it gave me little trouble, for evil tales have hung about the church; and though I did not set much store by the old yarns of Blackbeard piping up his crew, yet I thought strange things might well go on among the graves at night. And so I never budged, nor stirred hand or foot to save a fellow-creature in his agony.