jack up (third-person singular simple present jacks up, present participle jacking up, simple past and past participle jacked up)
- To raise, hoist, or lift a thing using a jack, or similar means.
- He jacked the car up to change the tire.
- The oil rig can be jacked up higher when the hydraulic legs touch the sea floor.
- 1907, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals Reports, Volume 82, page 433,
- Nor was there any proof that they had been improperly used in jacking up the end of the car.
- 1916, Engineering and Contracting, Volume 45, page 113,
- From this time forward the overhang to the east of the center row was carried entirely on the clay, the shoring screws from the G and H piers having been removed to assist in jacking up at the west side.
- 1987 August, A. K. Hamlin, letter to Homeowners′ Clinic, Popular Mechanics, page 109,
- How can I secure them without jacking up the whole house to get the bolts in?
- (informal) To raise, increase, or accelerate; often said of prices, fees, or rates.
- I can't believe they're going to jack up the price of gasoline again — and after they already raised it twenty cents a gallon!
- (colloquial) To ruin; wreck; mess up; **** up; sometimes as a bowdlerized substitution for **** up.
- I'm not letting him use my computer again; he always jacks it up.
- (obsolete, transitive and intransitive, dialect, West Country and Australia) To give up; to abandon (something); to jig up, throw up, chuck up (give up, concede); to discontinue; to leave a job, break a contract; to jack in
- 1881?, Garnet Walch, A Little Tin Plate, Google Books
- Says I, “Let's jack up, man alive, / An' try further down on the Creek!” / “All right!” says my mate, “but we'll drive / Right an' left to the end of this week.”
- 1888, Rolf Boldrewood, Robbery Under Arms, chapter 19, Google Books
- Not but what I'd had a lot to bear, and took a deal of punishment before he jacked up.
- 1900, John Strange Winter, A Self-Made Countess: The Justification of a Husband, page 201 alternate source
- “I don't think I shall enter for the Point to Point this year, because we're going to jack up.”
- “Going to jack up what?” asked one, while the others looked up enquiringly.
- “We're going to jack up the Service. […]”
- (New Zealand) To organise something.
- (basketball, colloquial) To shoot, especially in the context of a poor shot opportunity.
- Usually, the object may appear before or after the particle (jack up the car or jack the car up)
- If the object is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle (jack it up, not jack up it)
- For sense: “obsolete, dialectal: to give up, abandon”
- “Jack up”, in A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect, by William Douglas Parish, 1875, page 63
- “Jack-up”, in Leicestershire Words, Phrases, and Proverbs, by Arthur Benoni Evans, et al., English Dialect Society, 1881, page 177
- “Jack up”, in The West Somerset Word-Book, by Frederick Thomas Elworthy, English Dialect Society, 1886, page 377
- “Jack, Jack up”, in The Folk-Speech of South Cheshire, by Thomas Darlington, English Dialect Society, 1887, page 229
- “Jack up”, in A Glossary of Words Used in the Neighbourhood of Sheffield, by Sidney Oldall Addy, English Dialect Society, 1888, page 118
- “Jack up”, in Dictionary of the Slang-English of Australia and of Some Mixed Languages, by Karl August Lentzner, 1892, page 26
- “Jack up”, in Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present, by John Stephen Farmer, et al., 1896, page 26