Definition of send-up in English:



  • An act of imitating someone or something in order to ridicule them; a parody.

    ‘a delicious send-up of a speech given by a trendy academic’
    • ‘But it failed to key me up, just as the subject matter, perhaps deliberately, left me never quite sure whether this was an earnest morality tale or a spoof and a send-up.’
    • ‘Through skits, TV show send-ups, songs, kids' rhymes and humorous choreographed sequences, the play illustrates many of the ways mothers and daughters drive each other nuts, before concluding on a note of filial appreciation.’
    • ‘But for all the send-ups, the strong mother figure remains a key figure in ensuring Jewish continuity.’
    • ‘It's a non-stop rollercoaster ride of feel-good action, packed with gags, movie send-ups and poignant interludes, making this a thrilling rival to any live-action blockbuster.’
    • ‘The set of frying pans are a hilarious send-up of the whole idea.’
    • ‘Instead of a send-up of a target ripe for spoofing, they are making serious points about a play that Wilde subtitled ‘a trivial comedy for serious people’.’
    • ‘It is a send-up - nationalism as a postmodern jape.’
    • ‘I'm just afraid it won't be fun to watch a send-up of shows I haven't seen.’
    • ‘If you can sit back, enjoy the scenery, the touching humour, the deft performances and the clever send-ups of American monoculture, this is one brilliant, meandering ride.’
    • ‘The group's send-ups of Latin American soap operas on stilts and unicycles have also drawn attention.’
    • ‘The Spectator has a good send-up of anti-Americanism.’
    • ‘It's a kind of Carry On Shakespeare, a loving send-up without mockery.’
    • ‘This is in no way a send-up of ignorance and incompetence, but rather a critique of a world that can't seem to recognize it.’
    • ‘It was a brilliant send-up, but it was a caricature of our real meetings.’
    • ‘These scenes play as either unintentionally hilarious lapses of directorial judgment or sharp send-ups of phony spiritual experiences.’
    • ‘In many ways it's a send-up, but it's a good-hearted one.’
    • ‘It was meant as sort of a send-up, a historical send-up.’
    • ‘So the boys decided it was high time someone did a humorous send-up of these books, in the form of a warm, satirical and very funny guide to a country that simply doesn't exist.’
    • ‘They're two brothers who create animated, musical send-ups of everything from corporate America to the government.’
    • ‘Clearly this is a send-up of the index-maker's art.’
    satire, burlesque, lampoon, pastiche, caricature, take-off, skit, squib, imitation, impression, impersonation, mockery, mimicry, travesty
    spoof, mickey-take
    pasquinade, pasticcio
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