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stay up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stay up, sit upverb

    not go to bed

    "Don't stay up so late--you have to go to work tomorrow"; "We sat up all night to watch the election"


  1. stay upverb

    To remain awake, to not go to bed.

  2. stay upverb

    To maintain an erection.


  1. stay up

    "Stay up" is a phrase used to describe the act of remaining awake or not going to bed during a time when one would normally sleep, such as night. This can be due to various reasons such as work, study, socializing, or other activities.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stay up in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stay up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of stay up in a Sentence

  1. Perry Brass:

    Stay up and listen to lightening. If there is no lightening around, stay up and listen to nothing. Just listen to the sheer joy of your thoughts trans-versing from one corner of your brain to the next.

  2. Herb Caen:

    Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.

  3. Phyllis Diller:

    Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.

  4. Tiger Woods:

    I remember when Tiger made the chip-in in ‘05. I begged my parents to stay up — ‘Nope, you’re going to school tomorrow, you can't stay up,'.

  5. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov:

    There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion.

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