Definition of jack something up in English:

jack something up

phrasal verb

  • 1Raise something, especially a vehicle, with a jack.

    • ‘Next time you take your car to a Greek or Italian mechanic and he uses the Force to jack your car up instead of the hoist, be very afraid.’
    • ‘Within ten minutes the driver of the first car that passed by jacked it up and took a tire.’
    • ‘All the felons had done was to jack the car up and change the wheel.’
    • ‘The plaintiff, a 14-year-old boy, and a friend decided to repair the boat, and jacked it up with a car jack.’
    • ‘The officer then got the jack from the boot of the vehicle, jacked it up and released Phillips.’
    • ‘He goes to Mark's side of the car and asks him to step out of the vehicle so he can jack it up.’
    • ‘If the cars could take some of the weight off, couldn't we jack it up enough to take the strain off the landing gear?’
    • ‘The front wheel was still chained to the lamp post, as all the villains had done was jack the car up and put on the spare wheel and drive away!’
    • ‘The nose gear struts there they can jack it up, put it on a tug and they'll move that airplane off the runway pretty quickly and examine it.’
    • ‘The car is jacked up, and the spring locations are checked to ensure they haven't been changed since the first inspection.’
    raise, hoist, lift, lift up, raise aloft, haul up, winch up, lever up, heave up, hike up, hitch up, pull up, take up, upraise, uplift, elevate
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    1. 1.1informal Increase something by a considerable amount.
      ‘France jacked up its key bank interest rate’
      • ‘An inversion jacks the heat way up and drives the humidity down - two ingredients that could make a fire's behavior very dangerous.’
      • ‘Scott told me later he jacked the volume up as much as possible.’
      • ‘It's a little disconcerting hearing the wide-eyed troubadour so distraught, but if it's any consolation, the emotional intensity of his folksy confessionals and heartfelt power-pop nuggets have been jacked up considerably.’
      • ‘He pushed through a major £6 million cost-cutting exercise, slashing 150 jobs while jacking his own salary up by 33 percent to £155,000 a year.’
      • ‘Virtually all restrictions on fruit machines will be removed and the amounts to be won will be jacked up to £1 million.’
      • ‘Of course, the hoteliers jacked their prices up to the roof and did catch a fair number of those believing the annual myth propounded by the would-be profiteers.’
      • ‘Plus, Cambodia is notoriously corrupt and has a poor infrastructure, which jacks costs up even further.’
      • ‘And I think they have enough new products to at least hold on to domestic market share without needing to jack them up any further.’
      • ‘Once the shakeout of the industry has been completed, and air travel has fallen under the control of a handful of giant monopolies, ticket prices will be jacked up to unprecedented levels.’
      • ‘They once again jack the guitar distortion up so high it makes my eyeballs tremble, though instead of a glorious AC / DC Marshall crunch, it's this shrill, low-rent tinfoil dirt-pedal squeal.’
      increase, raise, put up, push up, up, mark up, make higher, boost, step up, lift, augment, inflate, escalate
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  • 2NZ informal Arrange or organize something.

    ‘they did a national service in jacking this racing up’
    • ‘I will PM you with my details and maybe we could jack something up.’
    • ‘Trish had a previous engagement jacked up and couldn't come, anyway Pam, Peter, Tanya, Bronny and himself all fronted up and had a fantastic evening.’
    • ‘Perhaps we could jack something up with the projector - just low key for those that want to talk about something.’
    • ‘Herb had jacked up a whole cinema for a fairly-near-to-opening screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, so we went along for a look-see…’
    • ‘Fingers crossed he can jack up a video projector, or at the very least a big-screen tv for it.’