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border on/upon obsession (=be almost as extreme as an obsession)
▪ Sometimes his tidiness bordered on obsession.
bring discredit on/upon/to sb/sth
▪ The behaviour of fans has brought discredit on English football.
had...thrust upon
▪ He had marriage thrust upon him.
layer upon layer of (=many layers of clothing)
▪ He pulled off layer upon layer of clothing .
looked upon with disfavour
▪ The job creation programme is looked upon with disfavour by the local community.
row upon row (=many rows)
row upon row of shelves stacked with books
(Upon) my word!
be borne in on/upon sb
be dependent on/upon sth
▪ Your success is dependent on how hard you work.
▪ By no means all priests were dependent on income from the Church.
▪ For instance, some foodstuffs manufacturers are dependent on their supplies of edible oils.
▪ Rice cultivation, which is dependent on the vagaries of weather and on complex systems of irrigation, requires cooperative labor.
▪ The activity of duodenitis was dependent on the neutrophilic infiltration.
▪ The actor is dependent on the stimulus of other faces and voices.
▪ The benefits that consumers will enjoy are dependent on unbridled competition within the industry; government intervention will only hinder its evolution.
▪ What she doesn t see is that her small-business world is dependent on a bigger economic system.
▪ Women are said to have been created as equal to men yet are functionally to be dependent on men.
be founded on/upon sth
▪ Racism is not founded on rational thought, but on fear.
▪ The castle is founded on solid rock.
▪ The Soviet Union was originally founded on Socialism.
▪ After all, they are founded on previous experience.
▪ All grandeur, all power, all discipline are founded on the soldier.
▪ During these years race became the cultural flashpoint, and most political careers were founded on a rhetoric of purity and exclusion.
▪ In a functional sense, spillover was founded on the belief that contemporary economies were based upon a tangle of interrelated sectors.
▪ The economy of the vale was founded on livestock.
▪ The original Stoves company was founded on 14 February 1920.
▪ While Aristotle's scheme is founded on normative grounds, Finer's scheme is derived empirically.
▪ You could say it was founded on chili.
be intent on/upon (doing) sth
▪ Abortion foes are intent on changing the laws allowing abortion.
▪ And as they were intent on their work, Bill was getting hysterical, calling his agent.
▪ Even then, too, Alvin was intent on displaying the male dancer in all his vitality.
▪ His best work is done far in advance, and he is intent on broadening his base.
▪ If his opponents were intent on overplaying their hand, it could only improve his position with the cardinal.
▪ Mr Mieno is still talking and acting tough because he is intent on bursting the speculative bubbles in shares and property.
▪ No-one spoke, everyone was intent on listening.
▪ The company is intent upon shielding them from the prying eyes of reporters.
▪ The staff at Howard were intent on giving their students the best they could offer.
be predicated on/upon sth
▪ The company's $1.6 million budget was predicated on selling 10,000 subscriptions.
▪ A text's value rests partly then on the demand for it, and that demand is predicated on previous demand.
▪ And yet the redemption of humanity is predicated on this failure.
▪ Babylonian science was predicated on a tradition of astronomical record-keeping for strictly religious purposes.
▪ It could not be; it was predicated on the business rate.
▪ It was predicated on a quack cure called powder of sympathy.
▪ Much environmental prediction is predicated upon a logical positivist or Newtonian deterministic basis.
▪ Plans for video on-demand and other applications are predicated on imaginary customers who are expected to buy multimedia services.
▪ Samuel Richardson's Pamela is predicated on the need for a servant to resist the master's will in some things.
be premised on/upon sth
▪ However, this is premised upon a notion of their independence.
▪ It was premised on a qualitative shift in the intellectual organization of medical concepts.
▪ This is premised on modern of visual communication which draw upon linguistics and, in particular, psychoanalysis.
▪ Traditional economic analysis is premised on the assumption that more is better.
▪ Ullman's work is premised on the phenomenological fact that human beings can experience apparent movement in several different ways.
▪ Where modernist consumption was premised on mass forms, postmodernist consumption is premised on niches.
bless my soul/upon my soul
bring sth to bear (on/upon sth)
▪ Campaigning can bring political influences to bear on the students that might affect them detrimentally. 3.
▪ Employers brought maximum pressure to bear on workers in order to restore order: recalcitrant strikers faced lock-outs.
▪ He brought undue pressure to bear on his parents by giving them an entirely misleading account of the documents.
▪ He could not bring his mind to bear on the distant world her handwriting suggested.
▪ He resisted the pain, tried to bring the weapon to bear.
▪ Mummy and I will bring our guns to bear.
▪ Short of a hostile military intervention in Kosovo, there are other ways of bringing outside power to bear.
▪ Workers have their own organisations which can bring pressure to bear on governments and make demands on the state.
draw on/upon sth
feast on/upon sth
▪ Hundreds of people, young and old, feasted on free hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream..
hard upon/on sth
it is incumbent upon/on sb to do sth
on/upon (the) production of sth
▪ Based on the production of this absorption peak, it is possible to quantitate serum proteins by an ultraviolet-light technique.
▪ Employees are paid bonuses based upon the production of their work group over a predetermined standard.
▪ Health board workers can withdraw up to £100 each on production of their pay slip, their bank card and identification.
▪ Modern economies depend at least as much upon women's consumption of goods and services as upon production of any kind.
▪ Needless to say, the police were already familiar with the thief and absolutely delighted upon the production of such unambiguous evidence.
▪ The newly-christened Omnicoach will concentrate on the production of semi-ambulance vehicles.
▪ There are also a number of projects which concentrate on the production of materials and resources for educational use.
once upon a time
Once upon a time children did what they were told.
▪ After all, it is once upon a time.
▪ However, once upon a time the mathematician was a child too.
▪ I'd have done anything for you once upon a time.
▪ One could spend a lifetime learning a small range of mountains, and once upon a time people did.
▪ Perhaps objects like these had been fashionable in churches once upon a time, but no longer, hence the attic.
▪ She might never have ironed shirts, but she too had once upon a time brought Jacob little surprises, little presents.
▪ There was, once upon a time, another book from which this kind of scientific certainty was derived.
presume on/upon sb's friendship/generosity etc
▪ I will not presume upon your friendship any further.
set on/upon/against (doing) sth
▪ A pail of cold water for washing was set on the floor so that performers had to bend over to use it.
▪ Lance Rees was set on as he passed the sorting office in Withernsea, Humberside, on his way to school.
▪ Manuel Perez's brother left after his house was set on fire.
▪ Margarett set upon the package, tearing at its wrappings, only to find beneath it another carton, then still another.
▪ Once again I detect a false opposition: an idealised reality set against the alien forces of darkness.
▪ They were hacked to death and their bodies set on fire.
▪ Time limits may be set on how long employees can leave their goods in storage and receive reimbursement from their employers.
▪ Were the limits set on their radiation exposure acceptable?
take it upon/on yourself to do sth
▪ He didn't dare take it upon himself to enlighten her further.
▪ He might be unwelcome, but he had taken it upon himself to come on over the first moment he heard.
▪ If we want our children to know certain information, perhaps we should take it upon ourselves to teach them.
▪ It is a dangerous path, however, when the executive takes it upon itself to qualify Parliament's decisions.
▪ Many problems can be prevented if you take it upon yourself to keep the lines of communication clear.
▪ Pius took it upon himself to proclaim the Dogma of the Assumption.
▪ Sir Herbert Morgan took it upon himself to act as chairman of an unofficial committee to help realise the three-year project.
▪ So I took it upon myself to tell her, old nosey-parker that I am.
turn upon sb
turn upon sth
wouldn't wish sth on/upon sb
▪ James says he wouldn't wish a military career on anyone.
▪ A dark cloud descended upon the valley.
▪ Her friends look upon her with envy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Upon \Up*on"\, prep.[AS. uppan, uppon; upp up + on, an, on. See Up, and On.] On; -- used in all the senses of that word, with which it is interchangeable. ``Upon an hill of flowers.''

Our host upon his stirrups stood anon.

Thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar.
--Ex. xxix. 21.

The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.
--Judg. xvi. 9.

As I did stand my watch upon the hill.

He made a great difference between people that did rebel upon wantonness, and them that did rebel upon want.

This advantage we lost upon the invention of firearms.

Upon the whole, it will be necessary to avoid that perpetual repetition of the same epithets which we find in Homer.

He had abandoned the frontiers, retiring upon Glasgow.
--Sir. W. Scott.

Philip swore upon the Evangelists to abstain from aggression in my absence.

Note: Upon conveys a more distinct notion that on carries with it of something that literally or metaphorically bears or supports. It is less employed than it used to be, on having for the most part taken its place. Some expressions formed with it belong only to old style; as, upon pity they were taken away; that is, in consequence of pity: upon the rate of thirty thousand; that is, amounting to the rate: to die upon the hand; that is, by means of the hand: he had a garment upon; that is, upon himself: the time is coming fast upon; that is, upon the present time. By the omission of its object, upon acquires an adverbial sense, as in the last two examples.

To assure upon (Law), to promise; to undertake.

To come upon. See under Come.

To take upon, to assume.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 12c., from Old English uppan (prep.) "on, upon, up to, against," from up (adv.) + on (prep.); probably influenced by Scandinavian sources such as Old Norse upp a.


Old English upon; see up (adv.) + on (prep.).


adv. 1 Being the target of an action. 2 Incidental to a specified point in time or order of action; usually combined with here-, there- or where-. prep. Being above and in contact with another.


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Usage examples of "upon".

Here was my wife, who had secretly aided and abetted her son in his design, and been the recipient of his hopes and fears on the subject, turning to me, who had dared to utter a feeble protest or two only to be scoffed at, and summarily sat upon, asking if the game was really safe.

These observations arose out of a motion made by Lord Bathurst, who had been roughly handled by the mob on Friday, for an address praying that his majesty would give immediate orders for prosecuting, in the most effectual manner, the authors, abettors, and instruments of the outrages committed both in the vicinity of the houses of parliament and upon the houses and chapels of the foreign ministers.

But I have bethought me, that, since I am growing old and past the age of getting children, one of you, my sons, must abide at home to cherish me and your mother, and to lead our carles in war if trouble falleth upon us.

I been content to abide till eld came upon me, but my lord would not have it so, but longed for greater things for me.

But for the most part, the kisses the men bestowed upon the customers were deeper than Abie would have considered appropriate after a first date.

Moira had simply joined them uninvited, though where either of the MacInnes men were concerned, Abigail looked upon Moira as a welcome interloper.

In fact, upon hearing that certain masters were dissecting living nymphs in order to ascertain the cause of their madness, he formally abjured his Profession of Faith and quit the Scientists.

Give me the Saltings of Essex with the east winds blowing over them, and the primroses abloom upon the bank, and the lanes fetlock deep in mud, and for your share you may take all the scented gardens of Sinan and the cups and jewels of his ladies, with the fightings and adventures of the golden East thrown in.

It was only natural that once everyone had had time to adjust to the tragic void created by his departure, they would turn to that one person who could so ably fill the gap, that one person whose standards of excellence were above reproach, that one person whom they could rely upon to continue the noble traditions of the fair-Irina Stoddard!

A vial of that which is first passed in the morning, should be sent with the history of the case, as chronic rheumatism effects characteristic changes in this excretion, which clearly and unmistakably indicate the abnormal condition of the fluids of the body upon which the disease depends.

Then the courage came into his body, and with a great might he abraid upon his feet, and smote the black and yellow knight upon the helm by an overstroke so fierce that the sword sheared away the third part of his head, as it had been a rotten cheese.

Two officers of the United States navy were walking abreast, unguarded and alone, not looking to the right or left, never frowning, never flinching, while the mob screamed in their ears, shook cocked pistols in their faces, cursed, crowded, and gnashed upon them.

Not only was it exceptionally lofty, and on one flank of that series of bluffs which has before been mentioned as constituting the line upon which the Confederate grip of the stream was based, but the tortuous character of the channel gave particular facilities for an enfilading fire on vessels both before and after they came abreast the works.

The guns of those ships, being disposed along the sides, were for the most part able to bear only upon an enemy abreast of them, with a small additional angle of train toward ahead or astern.

To support these and concentrate from the earliest moment as effective a fire as possible upon the works, Farragut brought his ironclads inside of the wooden vessels, and abreast the four leaders of that column.