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    Question Do-up?

    Guys, please, explain what DO-UP could mean. It's the name of a music band.

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    Default Re: Do-up?

    It's a NAME so it can mean nothing or many things.

    Are you sure you don't mean Do-Wop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inquisitor View Post
    Guys, please, explain what DO-UP could mean. It's the name of a music band.
    'To do-up' is a phrasal verb which means to repair or refurbish. As susiedqq has said, if it's the name of a band, it probably means nothing in particular in that context.

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    Default Re: Do-up?

    It can also mean 'fasten'- seatbelts, shoelaces, etc.

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    Thank you for your replies ! Now it's clear for me that when a band is choosing a name like DO-UP, the meaning of it depends on what they want to imply in it, right? It's always so tricky with names.

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    Default Re: Do-up?

    "To do up" could also mean to do something to a positive extreme. "We want to have fun tonight, so we're really going to do it up. First, we're having dinner at the finest restaurant in town and then we'll go to the most popular night spot. We'll be driving in my brother's new convertible."

    In my opinion, a band named Do-Up probably was referencing this sort of a meaning...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inquisitor View Post
    Guys, please, explain what DO-UP could mean. It's the name of a music band.
    In the U.S., do up is also slang for consume, as in drugs.

    Let's do up some coke before the field trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    In the U.S., do up is also slang for consume, as in drugs.
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    Let's do up some coke before the field trip.

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    Is it also - there or anywhere else - an informal equivalent of 'make pregnant'? I ask because in the UK we have the informal phrasal verb 'bang up' with that (and other) meaning(s).l

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Is it also - there or anywhere else - an informal equivalent of 'make pregnant'? I ask because in the UK we have the informal phrasal verb 'bang up' with that (and other) meaning(s).l

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    No, here we say knock up. This has led to many interesting trans-Atlantic conversations.

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