Talk You Up

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 12 01:07:39 UTC 2008

This looks like a new case of V + up 'create or summon by V-ing'.
Cf. "conjure up", "work up" (a proposal, etc.), "make up" (a story, etc.).

Mark Mandel

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 12:54 PM, Gerald Walton <gww at> wrote:
> Yesterday, while it was raining hard, I told people at an automobile
> parts store I would return this morning for a battery. When I got to
> the place today, a young woman said, "Well, we talked you up." I
> asked the meaning, and she said, "Well, about fifteen minutes John
> asked me whether that man had returned, and now here you are."
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