to add up

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - add up

"to add up"

to be reasonable, plausible, or consistent;

to make sense


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - add up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard that Joe quit his job.

Colleague 2:  Really?  Joe loved his job and was doing so well.  I can't imagine why he would quit.

Colleague 1:  I agree that something does not add up.  It makes no sense.

Colleague 2:  There must be something we don't know.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - add up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard Joe quit his job. That does not make sense. He was doing so well. I just can't imagine.

Colleague 2:  Joe was caught having an affair with the boss's wife.

Colleague 1:  OK. Well, that adds up then.

to add up - Usage:


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to add up - Gerund Form:

Adding up to knowing why he quit his job, the facts were helpful.

to add up - Examples:

1)  ... but the timing of this seeming rotation crisis and the skipped start seem to add up neatly. He's scheduled to make his next start Sunday, ...

2)  I mean, can you even imagine that? That doesn't add up to me.

3)  Even when the result was scrutinised afterwards it didn't seem to add up.

4)  Something does not add up. Of course the configurations might not be right.

5)  ... but it did not add up to Millard being guilty of a planned murder. No motive, ...

6)  Older voters who support Brexit may have that dream, but it adds up to little more than a nightmare of uncertainties.

7)  ... above normal this season, to a record of 231.1 million passengers. It all adds up to looming airport nightmares.

8)  ... but it adds up to making sure that New Zealanders get a decent start in life and the ...

9)  ... the claim of fighting for resource control does not add up. Even if it adds up it should be worrisome. The red flags ...

10)  The sum total of India's differences and disputes with China simply does not add up as justification to identify openly with a longstanding CIA project to foment unrest in ...

11)  Making horses race on that course does not add up to a sporting spectacle, but the most selfish form of animal abuse.

12)  A grab bag of ideas to raise revenue from super does not add up to a coherent retirement income policy.

13)  Something does not add up logically with these figures.

14)  Why are our main players in the industry so quiet? It just does not add up.

15)  Going to film school and directing a short does not add up to being in a place that someone should write you a check to make ...

16)  But playing with phrases as if in a sandpit does not add up to an understanding of Marxism.

17)  Something does not add up. Why the secrecy behind such a simple bid?

18)  It's a double-negative that does not add up to a positive.

19)  The strategy does not add up to being a plan to end child poverty.

20)  ... but one person's vision, seen during trauma, does not add up to proof.