According to Merriam Webster, the word 'right' can be used as a verb meaning "to make a ship upright".

Could it be combined with the word 'up' to make it more clear?


Sailor: The barge has capsized. Should we do something about it?

Captain: Yes, right up!

Would this be considered idiomatic english, or would the word 'up' be omitted? Also, do we need 'it' between 'right' and 'up', or could that be omitted in terse speak when giving an order?

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    "Right up" wouldn't be idiomatic in this context (at least to my ear). "Yes, right it!" or "Yes, right her!" are responses that occur to me.
    – user888379
    May 30 at 13:43
  • Have you checked for "right up" + "phrasal verb"? "Stand up" + "phrasal verb" gets results. May 30 at 15:42

No, the verb is right. It's not a phrasal verb right up. It is transitive and requires an object, "Right it."

All of Oxford/Lexico's examples illustrate this:

we righted the capsized dinghy
righting the economy demanded major cuts in defence spending
she was determined to right the wrongs done to her father
we'll see you righted

Even if it were a phrasal verb right up, it would still need an object, "Right it up", "Right her up."