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  • n. That which takes up or tightens; specifically, a device in a sewing machine for drawing up the slack thread as the needle rises, in completing a stitch.
  • v. To pick up.
  • v. To begin doing (an activity) on a regular basis.
  • v. To address (an issue).
  • v. To occupy; to consume (space or time).
  • v. To shorten by hemming.
  • v. To accept (a proposal, offer, request, etc.) from.
  • v. to resume
  • v. To implement, to employ, to put into use.


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  • In New York, rebels paraded through the streets “with drums beating and colours flying attended by a mob of negroes, boys, sailors, and pickpockets, inviting all mankind to take up arms in defence of the ‘injured rights and liberties of America,’” according to Judge Thomas Jones, a staunch loyalist from Long Island.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • I present you with a choice, Malachi Stinnet, the choice eventually faced by all: You may lie upon the shores of Babylon and weep, or you may take up arms against the foe!

    The Monstrumologist

  • Days later, Shultz would take up McFarlanes pitch, only to be told again by Reagan, I want you to stay, work with Bud, and lets try to find a way to minimize these confrontations.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • The orphan, placed under the guardianship of his maternal uncle, entered the studio of a charming painter, Timoteo Viti, a pupil of Francia, who had just returned to take up his residence in the country.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The National Assembly was calling a special session Saturday morning to take up the president's request, said an opposition leader, legislator Alfonso Marquina.

    Chavez to return to Cuba for chemotherapy

  • For this reason, for example, William Allen, chief justice of Pennsylvania, was among those unwilling to take up arms against the king.

    Angel in the Whirlwind

  • “Well, maybe Katie Conroy would let us take up the kitchen floor for Minnie,” Caddie said.

    Caddie Woodlawn’s Family

  • Or of the Spirometra mansoni, commonly called a flatworm, which can grow up to fourteen inches long and take up residence in your brain, where it feeds upon your cerebral matter until you are reduced to a vegetative state?

    The Monstrumologist

  • In the globalisation scenario universities are encouraging their students to take up jobs abroad, said Prof. Mohana Rao.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • Indeed, the number of cell interactions that go into one immune response—say, fighting off the microparticles that come out of a blast of diesel exhaust—would take up three consecutive chalkboards to show in its entirety.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic


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