stay up

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stay up (third-person singular simple present stays up, present participle staying up, simple past and past participle stayed up)

  1. (literally) To remain in a raised or upright position.
    These trousers are too big around the waist. They won't stay up.
  2. To remain awake, to not go to bed.
    My plane leaves at 6:00 in the morning, so I plan to stay up until then and sleep on the plane.
    She stayed up past her bedtime.
  3. (euphemistic) To maintain an erection.
    He told his lover he has a problem staying up.

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