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Provide the equipment for a particular task, as in Now that we're all tooled up let's repair the boat. This term originated in industry, where it is used for supplying a factory with machinery or other equipment for production. [1920s]
Arm oneself, as in They tooled up for their encounter with the rival gang. [Second half of 1900s]
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How to use tool up in a sentence
Roderick flushed deeply, and thrust his modeling tool up to the handle into the clay.Roderick Hudson|Henry James
He snatched the flame-tool up, then darted over to the wall by the door.