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crank-up

[ krangk-uhp ]
/ ˈkræŋkˌʌp /
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noun

an act or instance of cranking up.

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Origin of crank-up

First recorded in 1905–10; noun use of verb phrase crank up
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British Dictionary definitions for crank-up

crank up

verb (tr) slang

to increase (loudness, output, etc)he cranked up his pace
to set in motion or invigoratenews editors have to crank up tired reporters
(intr, adverb) to inject a narcotic drug
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Idioms and Phrases with crank-up

crank up

1

Get started, as in The theater season is cranking up with four benefit performances. This expression transfers the literal sense of crank, “operate a motor by turning a crank,” to starting any activity. [Slang; 1930s]

2

Stimulate or intensify one's efforts. For example, We've got to crank up enthusiasm for this new product, or Close to the election the campaign really cranked up. [Slang; mid-1900s]

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