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ring up British and Australian English

Meaning: to call someone on a telephone

Synonym: call, phone, ring

For example:

  • ring sb up Please don't ring me up before ten o'clock in the morning.

  • ring up sb Did you ring up the restaurant and book a table?

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

I'm sorry, but I couldn't ring you up because
  1. the jewellery shop was closed
  2. my phone wasn't working
  3. I couldn't find a pen

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