[toon-uhp, tyoon-]


an adjustment, as of a motor, to improve working order or condition: The car needs a tune-up badly.
Informal. a preparatory activity or warm-up, as before a contest or game: The track meet served as a tune-up for the Olympics.

Origin of tune-up

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase tune up
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  • I've caught up with my reading, and Mihul has put me through two of her tune-up commando courses.


    James H Schmitz

  • It had turned bleak now, the fuffs of the mountain-winds began to tune-up and fife, the gloom deepened toward night.

    The Last Miracle

    M. P. Shiel