verb

[no object]gen up on
British
informal
  • 1Find out about.

    ‘we genned up on the agencies that had done the work’
    • ‘Businesses are failing to capture essential evidence from their computer systems, according to a UK industry group which has published a new set of guidelines designed to help firms gen up on computer forensics.’
    • ‘Smith has been genning up on her kung fu moves and Dundee's martial arts community is already booking in numbers.’
    • ‘In preparation for today he has been genning up on repeats.’
    • ‘Not only is it a chance to gen up on language skills, it is a fabulous opportunity to make friends abroad and travel in Europe.’
    • ‘With a good hour to kill each way, it's time to gen up on the world around me.’
    • ‘Obviously, we genned up on the agencies that had done the work.’
    • ‘One minute you're all genned up on the digestion of proteins, then you're writing about the beauty of Mozart's operas.’
    • ‘You should also be punctual and have genned up on the organisation you are being interviewed for.’
    • ‘Admit it: genning up about your holiday before you go is half the fun.’
    • ‘I've never built one, but I know someone who has and I'm reasonably well genned up on them.’
    • ‘To gen up on skin rejuvenating peels, don't miss the event at Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, and London on Friday.’
    revise, read up, go over, refresh one's memory of, relearn, cram, study, learn
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    1. 1.1gen someone upwith object Provide someone with information.
      ‘as everything's finalized, I can gen you up properly’
      • ‘Any information or links to gen me up would be much appreciated.’
      • ‘Working under Gough and his assistant proved an attraction for a tenacious performer whose Scottish father Michael genned him up on the pair's pedigree.’
      • ‘I was hoping I might get a reply from someone who had used a cheaper one and could gen me up on it.’
      • ‘This gave them the opportunity to gen me up on the band and their inspired brand of music.’
      • ‘We're not exactly genned up on how it all works but when you combine hot weather, big hills and huge expanses of water, then it all adds up to a windsurfer's paradise.’
      • ‘Anyway I'm looking forward to meeting some of you at some stage soon although Jon will have to be my mentor and gen me up on this car.’
      knowledgeable, enlightened, illuminated, literate, well informed, well educated, educated, schooled, instructed
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