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2010.01.13

Here's the straight scoop on another fine English idiom!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
MAKE UP (something)   (〜を)でっち上げる

Explanation

  • To make up an excuse, a story, etc., is to purposely say something that's not true.
  • 言い訳や話などについて make up と言うと、故意に真実ではないことを言う、つまり、でっち上げる、という意味です。

MAKE UP (something)

examples

  1. Is that a true story, or did you just make that up?
  2. That student I was telling you about didn't turn in the assignment again today. He made up some excuse about the dog eating it.
  3. (reading a magazine)
    a: It says here that a UFO landed near the Pentagon last week and brought back Amelia Earhart - and she hasn't aged a day!
    b: You don't really believe that, do you? They just make those stories up.

英会話レッスンHey, we don't make this stuff up!