write (you) up

Meaning(s)

1. make an official report of wrongdoing

Popularity

Medium

Professional

Medium

Social

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write someone up for their bad behaviour

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 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.

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  1. 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!

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  1. 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.
  2. 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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