Origin of stepped-up
Examples from the Web for stepped-up
According to Le Monde, the neighborhood had been tense for much of the month and a focus for stepped-up policing.
This stepped-up schedule recalls the crash projects of the Roosevelt era—but the comparisons end there.Obama's Building Boom: Will His Architecture Legacy Be as Lasting as FDR's?|Ian Volner|January 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
To reach this goal, deep-seated problems must be subjected to a stepped-up attack.
This is exactly what takes place when the voltage is "stepped-up," which is equivalent to an increase of pressure.Electricity and Magnetism|Elisha Gray