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buildup

or build-up

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/ ˈbɪldˌʌp /
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Origin of buildup

1925–30, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase build up
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British Dictionary definitions for buildup

build up

verb (adverb)

noun build-up

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Idioms and Phrases with buildup

build up

1

Fill an area with houses or other buildings, urbanize. For example, We want to protect the wetlands against those who want to build up the area. [c. 1400]

2

Gradually develop, increase in stages. For example, I want to build up my endurance for the race. [Early 1700s]

3

Accumulate or collect, as in A lot of rust has built up on the farm machinery. [Mid-1900s]

4

Increase, strengthen, develop toward, as in The sound built up until it was nearly deafening, or His argument was building up to a grand climax. [c. 1930]

5

Establish or enhance a reputation; praise or flatter. For example, Months before the official campaign could begin, they had been building up the senator's image. [c. 1930]

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