[ speed-uhp ]
/ ˈspidˌʌp /


an increasing of speed.
an imposed increase in the rate of production of a worker without a corresponding increase in the rate of pay.



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Origin of speed-up

First recorded in 1920–25; noun use of verb phrase speed up
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Example sentences from the Web for speed-up

  • "I've just received word of a speed-up in the preparations for our attack," he said.

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British Dictionary definitions for speed-up

speed up

verb (adverb)

to increase or cause to increase in speed or rate; accelerate

noun speed-up

an instance of this; acceleration

usage for speed up

The past tense and past participle of speed up is speeded up, not sped up
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Idioms and Phrases with speed-up

speed up

Accelerate, expedite, increase the rate, as in The car speeded up as it went downhill, or It's difficult to speed up production without new equipment. [Late 1800s]

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