What are you up to?

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Notice how the word “are” reduces to /ə/ when it’s not stressed. Notice also the consonant /w/ at the end of “you”, because the next word begins with a vowel.

The question means “What are you doing?”. It can be a simple inquiry, but, with higher key, and, perhaps, stress on “you” instead of “up”, it sounds suspicious. Perhaps you think the person is doing something naughty:

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