Phrasal Verbs

sit up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb sit up (2)

British and Australian English


to not go to bed until later than usual


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.


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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