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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymanage up
he/she/itmanages up
present participlemanaging up
past tensemanaged up
past participlemanaged up
  1. business to focus on satisfying the people who are above you in an organization, more than on the people you are responsible for

    Managing up is more a matter of helping your boss manage you while helping that person succeed.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary by: Colchester Creek from United States on 13/07/2015
See also main entry: manage


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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