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Up for grabs
: Available (for the taking);
ex: "The jackpot is still up for grabs."
: The United States government;
ex: "One fourth of my salary goes to Uncle Sam."
Up in the air
: Unresolved; Undecided; Uncertain.
ex: "The election is still up in the air. Either candidate could still win."
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."
ex: "Brendon's always really upbeat."
: Upper class. The richest, most important people in a certain society.
: Presumptuous and arrogant.
: The opposite of "relaxed" or "laid-back". Overly conventional in one's opinions, tastes.
ex: "I'm a rebel, but my parents are really uptight."
(To be) up to
: To be planning; "He's up to something" = "He's planning something"; "What are you up to?" = "What are you doing?"
(To be) up to no good
: To be planning something bad.
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