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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Hi.

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    Price and Medlin finished golf's most prestigious stroll locked arm-in-arm, bathed in a thunderous ovation. "And that smile on his face, man" Price recalled of his caddie and friend. "He was lit up."

    What is the meaning of "someone is lit up"?

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    It is an idiom indicating that the person is so happy that he appears to be glowing.

    This person is lit up in that way: http://www.canvasback.org/images/Chuuk-ENT-2005-015.jpg

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    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for the response.
    Does the definition of "light up something / light something up" apply to that of "light up someone / light someone up"?

    light up something
    light something up


    if your face or eyes light up, or if something [e.g. smile] lights them up, you suddenly look very happy or excited
    - His face lit up with pleasure as Helen walked into the room. [often + with]
    - A radiant smile lit up her face.


    (from Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for the response.
    Does the definition of "light up something / light something up" apply to that of "light up someone / light someone up"?

    light up something
    light something up


    if your face or eyes light up, or if something [e.g. smile] lights them up, you suddenly look very happy or excited
    - His face lit up with pleasure as Helen walked into the room. [often + with]
    - A radiant smile lit up her face.


    (from Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs)
    Someone can be lit up [with joy, with excitement, with pleasure].
    Something cannot light up someone.
    A smile can light up someone's face.

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    - Someone's face is lit up with joy.
    - Someone is lit up with joy.

    Do these mean the same thing?

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Possibly - context might help to decide which to use.

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