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    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "up" in:

    A: How is George?
    B: Don't ask. I have been up half the night.


    That was asked by a woman worker to her colleague when the latter came late to work.

    I think "George" is her husband.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: up

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "up" in:

    A: How is George?
    B: Don't ask. I have been up half the night.


    That was asked by a woman worker to her colleague when the latter came late to work.

    I think "George" is her husband.

    Thanks a lot.
    Awake. Out of bed. Not in bed. Not asleep.

    The baby kept me up half the night.
    There was a party in the next flat and it kept me up most of the night.

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    Re: up

    I assume George is either her son or her husband and he is ill. She has been awake half the night looking after him.

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    Re: up

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Awake. Out of bed. Not in bed. Not asleep.

    The baby kept me up half the night.
    There was a party in the next flat and it kept me up most of the night.
    As simple as that!

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    Re: up

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    As simple as that!
    Yes! Sometimes things are as simple as that. Sometimes they're not. That's what makes language fascinating and infuriating!

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