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Beam someone up (or down) in science fiction, transport someone instantaneously to or from a spaceship. The phrase came originally from the American television series Star Trek ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ is often given as the form in which Captain Kirk requested return from a planet to the Starship Enterprise, but in fact the nearest equivalent found is, ‘Beam us up, Mr Scott.’

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