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    Question what does " upped sticks "mean?

    Lea Woodward upped sticks three years ago for a life on the road - permanently

    The above sentence was quoted from today's BBC news.

    Could you please tell me what does " upped sticks " mean in this sentence? Thank you.


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    Re: what does " upped sticks "mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by tien-sung View Post
    Lea Woodward upped sticks three years ago for a life on the road - permanently

    The above sentence was quoted from today's BBC news.

    Could you please tell me what does " upped sticks " mean in this sentence? Thank you.


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    It means to take all your belongings and move. It doesn't matter if you move to a different house, a different country or to a new lifestyle.

    Last year, I upped sticks and moved to Spain.
    He's so sick of living in the expensive south of England, he plans to up sticks and move to a small island off the coast of Scotland.

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    Re: what does " upped sticks "mean?

    I've never heard this in America, though we might say someone "pulled up stakes." (As in tent stakes.)

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    Re: what does " upped sticks "mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've never heard this in America, though we might say someone "pulled up stakes." (As in tent stakes.)
    Yes, one of the websites I looked at earlier gave the AmE version as "pulled up stakes".

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