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buy up

Meaning: to buy all or a lot of something that is in limited supply

For example:

  • buy up sth She's buying up as many shares as she can because she plans to take over the company.

  • buy sth up We should buy this stuff up while we can. It might be hard to get soon.

Quick Quiz:

A property developer has been buying up land near our town because he wants to
  1. build a house
  2. open a motel
  3. create a housing estate

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