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Idiom: 'On the up and up' #1 (permalink) Thu Oct 26, 2006 11:45 am   Idiom: 'On the up and up'
 

Hi

Could you please tell me if the idiom 'on the up and up' means differently in BrE and AmE? Would we agree if I said:

BrE: healthy, financially strong.
AmE: honest, legal

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Idiom: 'On the up and up' #2 (permalink) Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:18 pm   Idiom: 'On the up and up'
 

Tom wrote:
Could you please tell me if the idiom 'on the up and up' means differently in BrE and AmE?

So it seems, Tom. According to the dictionaries I consulted:

on the up and up
, Informal. frank; honest; sincere: He seems to be on the up and up. Also, on the up-and-up.

on the up and up MAINLY US INFORMAL
describes someone who is honest and can be trusted

on the up and up UK
continually improving:
Her career has been on the up and up since she moved into sales.
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Idiom: 'On the up and up' #3 (permalink) Thu Oct 26, 2006 13:08 pm   Idiom: 'On the up and up'
 

Hi Tom

Yes, "on the up and up" means honest and trustworthy/respectable in the US.

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