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gin up

verb phrase

To enliven; make more exciting; jazz up: To gin up support for his embattled plan, the President went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday/ Numbers of voters ginned up by the revelations may throw the bums out

[1887+; probably fr earlier ginger up]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • "We'll have to gin up the c'nundrum," said Bob, with his hands again in his pockets.

    The Graysons Edward Eggleston
  • But I gin up from that minute the idea of gettin' anything out of Josiah Allen for the fair.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • The critter growled so ferocious whenever I tried to move that I gin up trying.

  • Then says that other voice, floatin' so strong and cl'ar, and if he gin up all and hollered, what should he have?

    Cape Cod Folks Sarah P. McLean Greene

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