Full record for suit up v.

Definition to put on a spacesuit
OED requirements antedating 1951
Earliest cite Robert A. Heinlein, "The Black Pits of Luna"
Comment Douglas Winston submitted a 1966 cite from Poul Anderson's "Door To Anywhere".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite for the form "suit" from an undated reprint of Andre Norton's 1968 "The Zero Stone".
Michael Dolbear submitted a 1998 cite from Elizabeth Moon's "Rules of Engagement".
Katrina Campbell submitted a cite from a reprint of H.A. Hargreaves' "The Tee Vee Man"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1963 original magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from L.E. Modesitt's "The Ecolitan Operation".
Douglas Winston submitted a 2001 cite from Ben Bova's "The Precipice".
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Timothy Zahn's 1991 "Heir to the Empire".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from James E. Gunn's, "Space Is a Lonely Place".
David E. Siegel submitted a cite from an undated reprint of Heinlein's 1952 "The Rolling Stones"
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1951 reprint of Heinlein's "The Black Pits of Luna": we would like to verify this in its first publication (The Saturday Evening Post, January 10, 1948.)

The OED has a 1959 cite from James Blish's "A Clash of Cymbals".

Last modified 14 July, 2009

Citations for suit up v.

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1951 R.A. Heinlein Black Pits of Luna in Possible Worlds of Sci. Fiction 26 I'll go with you. Let's suit up.
1957 J. E. Gunn Space Is Lonely Place in Venture Sci. Fiction Mag. May 14/1 I'll go out and check. ‥ Suit up and get ready to lend a hand.
1963 H. A. Hargreaves in New Worlds Sci. Fiction Dec. 62 Reaching the airlock, Baldwin suited up, then dropped the air pressure and checked out.
1966 P. Anderson in Galaxy Mag. Dec. 37/1 Technicians waited at the locker to help him suit up, for they must be armored against vacuum and worse.
1989 L. E. Modesitt Jr. Ecolitan Operation 328 He took a deep breath and relaxed. But only for an instant. ‘All right. Let's suit up.’
1991 T. Zahn Star Wars: Heir to Empire (1992) 207 If you'll hold your present position, X-wing, we'll move up close enough to throw a force cylinder out to you‥. Unless you'd rather suit up and spacewalk across.
1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars iii. 92 They woke and suited up and went out again.
1993 K. S. Robinson Green Mars (new ed.) 56 That night Coyote stopped the car and told Nirgal to suit up.
1998 E. Moon Rules of Engagement 129 Use your badges and readouts, and any time you're actually opening units, suit up. This stuff is deadly.
2001 B. Bova Precipice 257 ‘Going to help Pancho suit up?’ he asked. ‘I can—’‘Oh, there's plenty of time for that,’ Amanda said brightly.