take up a collection
- (idiomatic) To request and receive money or goods of value from members of a group, especially for a charitable purpose.
1885, Mark Twain, chapter 20, in Huckleberry Finn:
- Then somebody sings out, "Take up a collection for him, take up a collection!" Well, a half a dozen made a jump to do it, but somebody sings out, "Let HIM pass the hat around!"
- 2001 Sep. 17, Jodie Morse, "Campus Crusader," Time:
- When Simmons won a scholarship to Dillard University, her high school teachers took up a collection so she'd have a coat.
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