In the movie "The Batman" there is a scene in which the Batman speaks about the state of the Gotham City. "Murder, robberies, assault. Two years later, they're all up."

Merriam Webster def for up b: being above a former or normal level (as of quantity or intensity) "attendance is up" "the wind is up"

Is this the correct meaning for this context?

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This means that the number of each of those crimes has increased over the last two years.

It is an ellipsis, meaning that a word or phrase is implied rather than explicitly specified. In spoken American English, ellipsis is quite common.

They're all up

is an ellipsis for

Their numbers are all up

So that is the correct meaning of up, but it relates to a noun not explicitly specified, namely "numbers.

  • Ok, I understand, but would the sentence make sense with the definitions from Merriam Webster I provided? May 6, 2022 at 19:11
  • Yes. That is exactly the meaning intended. It just was obscured because what was quantitatively increased (the number of crimes) was not specified. I understand your concern: how do you possibly increase a murder. May 6, 2022 at 23:33

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