- (also jackup) Characterized by, or utilizing jacks or hydraulic lifts in the design (of a machine).
- e.g., a Jack-up rig
Attributive use of verb phrase jack up
(third-person singular simple present jacks up, present participle jacking up, simple past and past participle jacked up)
- To raise, hoist, or lift a thing using a jack, or similar means.
- He jacked the car up to change the tire.
- The oil rig can be jacked up higher when the hydraulic legs touch the sea floor.
- (informal) To raise, increase, or accelerate; often said of prices, fees, or rates.
- I can't believe they're going to jack up the price of gasoline again — and after they already raised it twenty cents a gallon!
- (colloquial) To ruin; wreck; mess up; screw up; sometimes as a bowdlerized substitution for fuck up.
- I'm not letting him use my computer again; he always jacks it up.
- 1888, Rolf Boldrewood, Robbery Under Arms, chapter 19, Google Books
- Not but what I'd had a lot to bear, and took a deal of punishment before he jacked up.
- 1900, John Strange Winter, A Self-Made Countess: The Justification of a Husband, page 201 alternate source
- “I don't think I shall enter for the Point to Point this year, because we're going to jack up.”
- “Going to jack up what?” asked one, while the others looked up enquiringly.
- “We're going to jack up the Service. […]”
- (New Zealand) To organise something.
- Usually, the object may appear before or after the particle (jack up the car or jack the car up)
- If the object is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle (jack it up, not jack up it)
- Sense of “hoist with a jack” is from 1885; then, “increase prices, etc.” (1904, American English); both ultimately from noun jack (“mechanical device used to raise heavy objects”)
- “Screw up, mess up” sense derived from, or influenced by fuck up, as a bowdlerization; also possibly influenced by jacked up (“high, intoxicated”)
- Jack up first dialectical idiomatic meaning: “abandon, give up” (1873), possibly a corruption of chuck up, as chuck up the sponge (“give up, concede, give token of submission”)