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Tee someone up

Posted by Bob on February 07, 2006

In Reply to: Tee someone up posted by ESC on February 07, 2006

: : Could someone help me with the meaning of the phrase "tee someone up", please?

: : Thank you in advance.

: I don't know what the figurative meaning is. The literal meaning is:

: Main Entry: 3 tee
: Function: transitive verb
: to place (a ball) on a tee -- often used with "up."
: (Merriam-Webster)

You place a golf ball on a peg at the tee, "tee it up," just before giving it a smack with your club. So one possibility is to get someone set up to receive a mighty blow. A second possibility is basketball slang: a referee will "tee somebody up" by calling a Technical Foul, a "T."