Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
write (you) up
write you up
1) make an official report of wrongdoing
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write someone up for their bad behaviour
When you 'write up' someone, you officially report someone for breaking a law or rule. If someone 'writes you up' there may be a written record of your misconduct. This is an expression used more often in formal contexts.
Social Examples (Basic)
I told the police officer who pulled me over that I was speeding because I needed to get to the hospital, but that excuse didn't stop him from writing me up. The last thing I needed was another speeding ticket!
Professional Examples (Advance)
Kevin was not pulling his weight in the team at all. I addressed the issue with him but he ignored me so I felt I had no choice but to officially document the matter. That's why I decided to write him up.
My boss wrote me up for being continuously late, and said that now I had been officially warned for my behaviour; if I was late again in the next month I would be fired.
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