I notice the sports writer say “Up the Terriers” for a British football team. What does "up" exactly mean?

Hull City 0-0 Huddersfield Town
Town get things going. Up the Terriers.


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    It's the opposite of Down with the Terriers! - except the "approving" version makes do with just a single preposition. Be careful not to confuse this idiomatic usage with Up yours!, which is both negative/disapproving and potentially quite coarse (it's short for Shove it up your ass!, where "it" is whatever the speaker is vehemently rejecting). Nov 14, 2023 at 17:46
  • @FumbleFingers So what does "up" mean in that context? I still don't understand. Does it mean above?
    – Nyambek
    Nov 14, 2023 at 17:48
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    It's like "Three cheers for the Terriers!" Or "raise them up / send them down". Nov 14, 2023 at 17:50
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    up is good, down is bad. I thought all languages would have that kind of metaphoric reference. That's why we all assume Heaven is "up there" and Hell is below. Plus we have high ideals and dirty, low-down snakes, etc. And if you're up and about, you're definitely alive, which is better than the cop's cry Officer down! (injured or dead). Nov 14, 2023 at 17:50
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    Huddersfield Town is the football team. Their nickname is The Terriers. "Up the Terriers" is a shout of support for a football team.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 14, 2023 at 18:27

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This is an idiomatic expression of support for a sports team. It has a meaning something like "I hope the Terriers will rise up and be successful"

I don't see much benefit in a parsing of this idiom, whether this is seen as an adverb or prepostion (or even a verb) doesn't help understand the meaning.

Similarly you can use "down" to show your opposition: "Down with The Magpies!" "Down with Trump!"

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    I'll add, it's kind of regional; I think UK? A US equivalent might be "Go Terriers!" Nov 14, 2023 at 21:50

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