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Origin of crank-up
Words nearby crank-up
British Dictionary definitions for crank-up
verb (tr) slang
Idioms and Phrases with crank-up
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]
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]