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use up

Meaning: If you use up something, you use all of it and have none left over.

For example:

  • use up sth Do you think we'll find a new way to power cars before we use up all our oil reserves?

  • use sth up I can't get any more sick days off work. I've already used them all up.

Nouns often used as objects with
use up: resources, reserves, supplies, stocks, time

Quick Quiz:

If you've used up all your prepaid phone calls, you'll have to
  1. get a new phone
  2. make fewer calls
  3. top up your phone account

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