tuck (someone) up

vb
British
a.
to defeat, capture
b.
to confound, dupe
This all-purpose phrase is in London work-ing-class usage, particularly amongst criminals and the police. The image is that of putting a helpless child to bed.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • tuck someone in/up — settle someone in bed by pulling the edges of the bedclothes firmly under the mattress. → tuck …   English new terms dictionary

  • tuck someone in/up — MAKE COMFORTABLE, settle down, cover up; put to bed. → tuck …   Useful english dictionary

  • tuck — tuck1 [ tʌk ] verb transitive ** 1. ) tuck something behind/into/under something to put something in a particular place, especially in order to keep it safe or hidden: He had a newspaper tucked under his arm. She took off her glasses and tucked… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tuck — 1 verb 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to push the edge of a piece of cloth or paper into something so that it looks tidier or stays in place: tuck sth into/under: Nick was tucking his shirt into his trousers when she walked in. 2 (transitive… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tuck in — verb eat up; usually refers to a considerable quantity of food My son tucked in a whole pizza • Syn: ↑tuck away, ↑put away • Hypernyms: ↑eat up, ↑finish, ↑polish off • …   Useful english dictionary

  • tuck — verb 1》 push, fold, or turn under or between two surfaces or into a confined space: he tucked his shirt into his trousers.     ↘(tuck someone in/up) settle someone in bed by pulling the edges of the bedclothes firmly under the mattress. 2》 (tuck… …   English new terms dictionary

  • tuck into — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tuck into : present tense I/you/we/they tuck into he/she/it tucks into present participle tucking into past tense tucked into past participle tucked into 1) tuck someone into something to put a child into bed… …   English dictionary

  • tuck in someone — tuck in (someone) to cover a child comfortably in bed. I tucked in Josh and Amy after reading them a story. Who s going to tuck me in while you re gone? …   New idioms dictionary

  • tuck — ► VERB 1) push, fold, or turn under or between two surfaces. 2) draw (part of one s body) together into a small space. 3) (often tuck away) store in a secure or secret place. 4) (tuck in/up) settle (someone) in bed by pulling the edges of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • tuck in — (someone) to cover a child comfortably in bed. I tucked in Josh and Amy after reading them a story. Who s going to tuck me in while you re gone? …   New idioms dictionary

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