One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Begin to associate with (someone), especially in a way disapproved of by the speaker.‘he's taken up with a divorced woman, I understand’
become friendly with, become friends with, go around with, go along with, fall in with, join up with, string along with, get involved with, start seeingView synonyms
- ‘Willcox is 42, but will make a convincing Dora Maar, the half-French, half-Yugoslavian woman who was 29 when she took up with the 54-year-old artist in 1936.’
- ‘In 1984, during what was supposed to be Juliet's junior year of high school, she dropped out for good, took up with a girlfriend, moved to a skanky part of town, and started delivering pizza to pay for pot, coke, and lots of alcohol.’
- ‘Thrice-married screen legend takes up with 19-year-old starlet?’
- ‘I moved to Toronto and took up with a crew of no-nukes anarchists.’
- ‘The narcissism of the pervert, who is interested in sex only as extreme sensation nurtured in solitary fantasy, is best illustrated by a vulgar movie star Charlotte takes up with in season three.’
- ‘Maggie takes up with and marries Prince Amerigo, an impecunious Italian nobleman with a wreck of a castle in his homeland.’
- ‘As the film begins, she dumps him and takes up with one of his younger, upwardly-mobile colleagues.’
- ‘‘I wouldn't mind taking up with up with her,’ another chuckled.’
- ‘After splitting from his producer wife, Polly Platt, after The Last Picture Show, he took up with its star, Cybill Shepherd.’
- ‘At 21, Caroline took up with Philippe Junot, a feckless playboy 17 years her senior.’
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