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look up (2)

Meaning: If a situation is looking up, it seems to be getting better.

Synonym: improve

For example:

  • look up For the first time in a month my stocks are rising, so things are looking up at last.

  • look up Last month's sales weren't so good, but things are looking up this month. We've already had lots of orders.

Note: Mostly used in the phrase "things are looking up".

Quick Quiz:

Our team lost its first two games, but things are looking up after yesterday's game when they
  1. didn't try hard
  2. beat a top team
  3. were easily beaten

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