Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

fix (someone) up (for/with)

fix upfix someone upfix someone up forfix someone up with
Meaning(s)
1) arrange something or provide someone with something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • fix up a meeting with someone
  • Analysis

    The phrasal verb to fix someone up means to provide someone with something that they need. If you fix someone up with something you arrange for something to happen for example, 'we can fix up a meeting for later on in the evening'. To fix up something can also mean to repair something, for example 'I'll be busy at the weekend I need to fix up my car there is a problem with the engine'. To fix someone up with somebody can also mean to introduce someone to somebody else usually with the intention that they go on a date or work together on something. For example, 'I can fix you up with a date for the dinner if you're interested?' To fix up with someone can also mean to settle or pay a bill so you can say 'I'd like to fix up with you before I leave the restaurant'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It was nice of Eric to fix me up with a bed for the night when I first arrived in the city. It gave me a chance to find my bearings.
    2. I have a few books that might be useful to you on your course. If you want to meet me at the weekend I can fix you up with them.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We fixed the new employee up with a desk and a computer so he could get to work immediately.
    2. I'm going to fix up a meeting with Angela. If we can get her on board, she will be a valuable asset.
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2) repair or decorate something
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    • fix up the house a bit
  • Analysis

    To fix up something can mean to repair, create or redecorate something, for example 'I'll be busy at the weekend I need to fix up my car there is a problem with the engine'.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The decorators are fixing up a sign for the front of the building.
    2. Your presentation is excellent it just needs a few finishing touches. Let's go through it and fix it up together.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. You have a nice house here, but it would look a lot better if you fixed it up a bit.
    2. Your hair is a mess, let me fix it up for you.
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3) settle a debt
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • fix up with someone at a later time
  • Analysis

    To fix up with someone can also mean to settle or pay a bill so you can say 'I'd like to fix up with you before I leave the restaurant'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I didn't have the money to pay the mechanic at the time, so I said I would fix up with him later.
    2. Fiona has quite a high tab I think it's time we asked her to fix up with us before we let her put anything else on it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. That client hasn't paid their bill yet can you send them an invoice as a reminder for them to fix up with us?
    2. Each year there are a number of users who failed to fix up with what they owe us. This adds up to over 8000 in lost revenue each year.
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