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  1. 1
    in a situation to be considered or examined for a particular status or job

    The senator is up for re-election in 2006.

    She’s up for consideration for a managerial post.

    Robinson will not be up for parole for another five years.

    The contract comes up for renewal next year.

  2. 2
    available for a particular purpose

    Most of the houses are up for sale.

    It was agreed that the baby would be put up for adoption.

  3. 3
    appearing in a court of law because you have been accused of a crime

    He’s up for armed robbery.

  4. 4
    spoken willing to do a particular activity

    ‘What do you feel like doing?’ ‘I’d be up for just about anything.’

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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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