Definition of bring up in US English:

bring up

phrasal verb

  • (chiefly of a ship) come to a stop.

    • ‘The ship brought up as suddenly and violently as if she had struck a rock.’
    • ‘‘Stern all’, Shouted the mate as the boat brought up against some object which we had not been able to see.’
    • ‘The next order followed; when the head sails were flattened and the ship brought up to the wind.’