to take someone up on something

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - take someone up on something

"to take someone up on something"

to accept an offer, invitation or challenge from someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - take someone up on something

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Are you going to accept the vice-president's offer to be your mentor?

Colleague 2: Absolutely. Why wouldn't I take him up on his kind offer? That sort of opportunity is golden. I consider myself extremely lucky to even have the chance.

Colleague 1: Well then. Congratulations.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - take someone up on something

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: My boyfriend has just asked me if I want to go skiing for the weekend with him. He says that he will pay for everything.

Friend 2: Are you going to take him up on the offer?

Friend 1: I'm not sure if I will accept or not. It would take our relationship to a new level and I am not sure I am ready for that.

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to take someone up on something - Usage:


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to take someone up on something - Gerund Form:

Taking my father up on his gracious offer of a loan, my wife and I were able to put a down payment on a house.

to take someone up on something - Examples:

1)  I'm totally going to take you up on at least some of those offers. 

2)  Thank you so much for the advice, I will definitely take you up on that offer for one to one so we can discuss further.

3)  Going to take you up on your recommendation and give it some quality headphones time and see if ...

4)  You kindly offered to forward copies of your presentation and I'd love to take you up on that.

5)  ... like to thank you for your generous offer of assistance, and we'll take you up on it.

6)  After taking a few minutes to think about it, we all decided to take them up on the offer and will be moving over to Kondoot over the next ...

7)  If the invitation states "kids welcome" don't take them up on it. Your enjoyment will be seriously curtailed. 

8)  If an adviser offers you any help with your appeal, take them up on it! 

9)  Family and friends are there to help out so don't feel guilty, take them up on offers and plan some date nights.

10)  Let me know what you think of it -- will you take them up on the invitation?

11)  I decided to give them a chance. I'd take him up on his offer now and do some checking over the next couple of ...

12)  She said she wasn't decided if she'll take him up on the offer.

13)  When the government didn't take him up on his proposal, Katz got funding to develop it from a local ...

14)  But it was put on the table a while ago, and maybe I should take him up on this before I make my plans "definite". 

15)  If he's offering to leave then I would take him up on it. I don't mean to sound cold about it.

16)  I offered you an opportunity to share on Friday and you didn't take me up on it.

17)  I suggest options for them. They don't take me up on them and instead pester me.

18)  I was just fooling around. I didn't really believe that someone would take me up on it.

19)  Maybe it's that she really wants to take me up on this invitation. 

20)  If anyone would like to take me up on this I will post some contact details here.