Amidst all of this build-up around the royal wedding, a note of hypocrisy was struck in recent days.
Most researchers think the disease is caused by the build-up of beta amyloid.
The ATR-72 had been in a holding pattern, flying through sleet that caused a build-up of ice on the wings.
A routine ankle surgery on a painful tendon led to complications including a build-up of fluid in her left leg.
build-up of military strength to resist aggression by other planetary governments.
But with this build-up, it will seem like an ordinary hunt for a criminal gang.
That must have been a build-up, but Ben goofed his cue to move in on Sco and me for a close.
And they were ready to spend a hunk of moolah on the build-up.
We know it's all a build-up for you to make a deal for them, eh?
It accelerates the continental defense program and the build-up of ready military reserve forces.
late Old English byldan "construct a house," verb form of bold "house," from Proto-Germanic *buthlam (cf. Old Saxon bodl, Old Frisian bodel "building, house"), from PIE *bhu- "to dwell," from root *bheue- "to be, exist, grow" (see be). Rare in Old English; in Middle English it won out over more common Old English timbran (see timber). Modern spelling is unexplained. Figurative use from mid-15c. Of physical things other than buildings from late 16c. Related: Builded (archaic); built; building.
In the United States, this verb is used with much more latitude than in England. There, as Fennimore Cooper puts it, everything is BUILT. The priest BUILDS up a flock; the speculator a fortune; the lawyer a reputation; the landlord a town; and the tailor, as in England, BUILDS up a suit of clothes. A fire is BUILT instead of made, and the expression is even extended to individuals, to be BUILT being used with the meaning of formed. [Farmer, "Slang and Its Analogues," 1890]
"style of construction," 1660s, from build (v.). Earlier in this sense was built (1610s). Meaning "physical construction and fitness of a person" attested by 1981. Earliest sense, now obsolete, was "a building" (early 14c.).
To prepare someone for swindling, extortion, etc; SET someone UP (1920s+ Underworld)
[first noun sense perhaps influenced by earlier build, ''the look and shape of tailored clothing'']