take “up,”to obtain goods on credit, to take commodities upon trust: “take up commodities upon our bills” 2 HENRY VI., iv. 7. 120 (with a quibble; see first bill); “a goodly commodity, being taken up of these men's bills” MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, iii. 3. 163 ; (with a quibble both on taken up— the common meaning of which is “apprehended”—and on bills) “yet art thou good for nothing but taking up,” ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ii. 3. 205 ( “When Lafeu adds, ‘and that thou'rt scarce worth,’ the intention is to play upon another sense of the words, that of taking from the ground,” Nares's Gloss. ); “if a man is through with them in honest taking up,” 2 HENRY IV., i. 2. 38.
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