Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

wrap (it) up

wrap upwrap it up
1) to enclose something in a layer of material (usually in paper or a box)
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    • wrap up the present/gift
  • Analysis

    When you 'wrap up' something, it can mean to cover something in order to conceal or protect it. You might 'wrap up' in warm clothes in the winter to protect yourself from the cold. If you buy someone a present in a shop the cashier might ask you if you want the item 'wrapped up', in a box or wrapping paper. You can wrap up food that you intend to eat later on or to protect it from flies or the temperature. Similar in some contexts to 'gift wrap' or 'to cover'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It took a long time to wrap up the present because it was an odd shape.
    2. Please wrap all the food up in tinfoil so it stays warm for later.
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2) to conclude something
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    • wrap it up so we can go
  • Analysis

    To 'wrap up' can also mean 'to finish or conclude something. Similar in meaning to 'wind up'. You can 'wrap up a meeting' or 'wrap up the details' of something or even 'wrap up a deal'. If you become 'wrapped up' in something, it means you are absorbed by it and fail to care or think about anything else.

  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Our meeting is going longer than was scheduled, please wrap up the discussion.
    2. You're taking forever to finish the presentation, wrap it up already so we can go home.
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