Phrasal Verbs: soup up Slang
- A liquid food prepared from meat, fish, or vegetable stock combined with various other ingredients and often containing solid pieces.
- Slang Something having the appearance or a consistency suggestive of soup, especially:
a. Dense fog.
- Primordial soup.
- A chaotic or unfortunate situation.
To modify (something) so as to increase its capacity to perform or satisfy, especially to add horsepower or greater speed potential to (an engine or a vehicle).
Origin of soup
Middle English soupe from
Old French of Germanic origin
; see seuə-2
in Indo-European roots. Soup up
from soup material injected into a horse to make it run faster
(influenced by supercharge
(countable and uncountable, plural soups)
- Any of various dishes commonly made by combining liquids, such as water or stock with other ingredients, such as meat and vegetables, that contribute flavor and texture.
- Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup.
- (countable) A serving of such a dish, typically in a bowl.
- (uncountable) The liquid part of such a dish; the broth.
- (figuratively) Any mixture or substance suggestive of soup consistency.
- (slang) Thick fog or cloud (also pea soup).
- (US, slang) Nitroglycerin or gelignite, especially when used for safe-cracking.
- (cant) Dope (illicit drug, used for making horses run faster or to change their personality).
- (photography) Processing chemicals into which film is dipped, such as developer.
- (biology) Liquid or gelatinous substrate, especially the mixture of organic compounds that is believe to have played a role in the origin of life on Earth.
- primordial soup
- (UK, informal, often with "the") An unfortunate situation; trouble, problems (a fix, a mess); chaos.
- (surfing) The foamy portion of a wave.
(third-person singular simple present soups, present participle souping, simple past and past participle souped)
- (uncommon) To feed: to provide with soup or a meal.
- To be in trouble or in difficulty (often passive--cf. in the soup).
- (photography) To develop (film) in a (chemical) developing solution.
(1645) Middle French soupe, from Old French souppe, sope, from Late Latin suppa (“sopped bread"), from Proto-Germanic *supÃ´ (compare Middle Dutch sope (“broth"). See also sop.