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Pavel Pin

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ALEX: Where's the crew?
HIGHLANDER 1: Probably got spooked after they ran aground. Scarpered up the beach.

Why "up" instead of "across"?
Source: Dunkirk (2017)
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Up the beach might alternatively suggest a place further along the beach, perceived by some convention to be higher. For example I think some people say "up the English Channel" to refer to a location further towards the east. This text uses "up-Channel" in this way: Channel Dash - Wikipedia
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