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pump oneself up

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pump oneself up

verb phrase

To arouse oneself emotionally, spiritually, mentally, etc, to a maximum effort; PSYCH oneself •Much used by sports commentators, esp by baseball announcers of pitchers: The big lefthander's really pumped himself up for this crucial encounter (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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