In all other cases "moving something up" means creating or increasing something, like in "rising concern" or "erecting obstacles". At the same time "lifting a ban" means effectively removing the ban. What is a historical explanation of appearance of such expression? I can only suggest that this came from the lifting a castle's gates which allows passage. Is this true?
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It's a variation on the theme of lifting a weight off someone/something. You lift the heavy load that was restraining a man and let him move faster.
To my opinion, "lifting" is used here to indicate some burden is now lifted from the concerned person or thing and that thing is now free to move. Ban is a kind of burden "put over" some action to freez it. So If you wish to remove it, then you will lift it from the action.
"removing" is key here: when you lift something, you pull it off of the surface it had been on, i.e. remove it.
protected by Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 1 '15 at 19:15
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