AMERICAN IDIOMS (U)
: The United States government; ex: "One fourth of my salary goes to Uncle Sam."
Being built or repaired. ex. "This road has been under construction for six months."
Being attacked. ex. "The soldiers came under fire when they approached the city."
Under the table:
Illegally. ex. "Many illegal immigrants try to find work under the table."
Under the weather:
Sick. Ill. ex. "I'm feeling a bit under the weather today."
Up and about:
Recovered from an illness. ex. "Hey it's nice to see you up and about. You must be feeling a lot better."
Up for grabs
: Available (for the taking); ex: "The jackpot is still up for grabs."
Up in the air:
Uncertain. ex. "His future at this company is up in the air."
Up one's sleeve
(to have something up one's sleeve): To have a secret agenda, to be up to something, to be planning something. ex: "I don't trust him. I just know he has something up his sleeve."
: Positive. ex: "Brendon's always really upbeat."
: Upper class. The richest, most important people in a certain society.
Conservative, nervous, nit-picky. "Stop being so uptight, relax a bit!"
(To be/feel) up to (doing something):
Capable of, fit for. ex. "Do you feel up to playing a game of tennis?"
(To be) up to no good
: To be planning something bad.
Up to one's neck in something:
Very much involved in something; to have a lot of something. ex. "Please don't give me any more socks as presents. I'm up to my neck in socks."
Up to par:
Meeting normal standards. ex. "The wine was nice, but it wasn't up to par with the excellent wine they normally have."
(To) use every trick in the book:
To use every method possible. ex. "He used every trick in the book to get her to go out on a date with him."