from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. of a bowler, to run, or walk up to the bowling crease in order to bowl a ball.
  • v. To bring a flag to the top of its flag pole.
  • v. To make something, usually an item of clothing, very quickly.
  • v. To accumulate a debt.
  • n. the action of running up; the area of the pitch used by the bowler to run up, the start of which he marks with a small marker

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. accumulate as a debt
  • v. pile up (debts or scores)
  • v. fasten by sewing; do needlework
  • v. make by sewing together quickly
  • v. raise


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