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Consider the following sentence:


"I scooped up my belongings into my handbag."


Does 'to scoop up' mean 'to put'?

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Christine ChristieDoes 'to scoop up' mean 'to put'?

No. More like 'take' (usually multiple objects or a liquid).

Scooping up coins.

CJ

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Here is a hand scoop. It is used to scoop up flour, sugar, dried beans, peas, and similar items.

This is a toy steam shovel. Steam shovels have a scoop at the end of an arm to scoop up stones, dirt, sand, and similar stuff.

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Christine ChristieDoes 'to scoop up' mean 'to put'?

No. It means to collect and lift by scooping, that is, as if using a scoop. You can't scoop anything up into anything. You could scoop your belongings into your handbag, but the image would have to be right for the context. It would have to involve a scoop or something that could be visualized as equivalent to a scoop, like your hands.

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