One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
phrasal verbNorth American
Keep quiet; give no information.
- ‘Of course, such synergistic bilge is commonplace, as is the tendency to dummy up on any topic that the parent company (or any of its advertisers) might want stifled.’
- ‘And they dummy up the quote, the application documents, the earnings statements.’
- ‘The function of consciousness must be in part to dummy up and shape a coherence from all the competing, conflicting subsystems that processed experience.’
- ‘They come out after closing hours, ‘dummying up’ when the security guard passes by on his rounds.’
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