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We were told go through all possible meanings of the phrasal verb "to try up". I've been trying to look up its meaning but I haven't been able to find it in the dictionary. There are 7 sentences with "try up'' in them on COCAE. Here's one of them.
" 1976 To betray a confidential source would mean to try up many future sources for many future reporters."
"The visiting Vegas dancer wants beer. (Try up the road, just over the Maryland line.) A rail-thin woman buys four packs of crackers, two Go-Go Taquitos and a breakfast sandwich, then waits 20 minutes for the 2 a.m. delivery of fresh doughnuts."
What are the meanings of the phrasal verb "to try up"?
The first may be a mistake- I am not sure, but that may mean tie up or trip up.
The second is not a phrasal verb; it is try (up the road).
We were told by our teacher to learn the meaning of "to try up''. I've been unable to find it in the dictionary.
I would not know.
I agree with everyone else. "To try up" is not a phrasal verb I have ever heard. In the second example, it's just "to try" followed by a statement of where the person should try [looking].
The first one is probably a typo for "dry up."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.