Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(back) up and running

up and runningback up and running
Meaning(s)
1) fully operational or working properly again
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    • it was broken, but now it's back up and running
  • Analysis

    If something is 'up and running' it means it is operational and functional. This expression is usually used to talk about machines and computers working correctly or being online. If something is 'back up and running' it means it was previously not working properly but now it has returned to being in full operation. If someone has been sick you can also say 'you'll be back up and running in no time'. This is a casual expression used in both professional and social contexts.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I couldn't believe it when my car broke down on the motorway, but fortunately I'm pretty good with engines so I managed to get it up and running again quite quickly.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It has taken Claire years to get her business up and running, but she's finally done it. All her hard work has paid off!
    2. Unless we can get that machine back up and running, there's no way we will be able to complete the order in time.
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