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take up (3)

Meaning: to shorten a piece of clothing or a curtain to make it the right size

Synonym: shorten

For example:

  • take sth up These jeans are a bit too long. Could you take them up for me?

  • take up sth I have to take up the new curtains in the bedroom.

Nouns often used as objects with
take up (3): trousers, jeans, pants, dress, skirt, curtains, drapes

Quick Quiz:

Before he takes up her dress, the dressmaker will have to
  1. make it shorter
  2. make it longer
  3. measure it

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