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sit up (2)

British and Australian English
This page is about the phrasal verb sit up (2).

Meaning: to not go to bed until later than usual

Synonym: stay up

For example:

  • sit up The first time my wife and I met, it was at a party, and we sat up most of the night talking.

  • sit up I sat up half the night waiting for my daughter to come home.

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

Quick Quiz:

I sat up most of the night because

a. I was really tired

b. my kid was sick

c. I needed an early night

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