to make something up

(Separable Phrasal Verb)

Definition: to invent a story which is not true

In this Calvin & Hobbes cartoon, Calvin’s dad is making something up. What is he making up? Why does ice float according to him? Does Calvin believe him? What does Calvin think his dad should do?

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Examples:

“When I asked why he was late, he made up a ridiculous excuse.”

“Why are you always making stories up instead of telling the truth?”

EXERCISE:

1. I tried to ___________ an excuse, but the teacher knew I was lying.

2. She _____ a story about where she was last night.

ANSWERS:

1. I tried to make up an excuse, but the teacher knew I was lying.

2. She made up a story about where she was last night.