In the Wikipedia article of Freddie Mercury, we read:

He could belt up to tenor high F (F5).

link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury

I found nothing useful in the dictionary, all dictionaries says "belt up" means something like "be quiet", but that makes no sense here.

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    There is a direct link on the page you reference to the technique of 'belting'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belting_(music) – Frank Nov 13 '14 at 5:51
  • The meaning of belt aside - you're misreading. There is an unspoken comma between belt & up separating the clauses. (He could belt), (up to F5) ...Compare to "He could run up to 5 miles a day" – Tetsujin Nov 13 '14 at 9:02
  • Also look up belt out. – shawnt00 Jan 12 '16 at 0:39

"Belt up" here is a colloquial phrase meaning he could make his voice go up to tenor high F. "Belt" is sometimes used to express a loud noise a person makes, usually associated with singing.

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