tune-up

[ toon-uhp, tyoon- ]
/ ˈtunˌʌp, ˈtyun- /

noun

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.

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Origin of tune-up

First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase tune up
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Example sentences from the Web for tune-up

  • The health-care system is broken and in need of an overhaul, not a tune-up.

  • I've caught up with my reading, and Mihul has put me through two of her tune-up commando courses.

    Legacy|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

British Dictionary definitions for tune-up

tune up

verb (adverb)

to adjust (a musical instrument) to a particular pitch, esp a standard one
(esp of an orchestra or other instrumental ensemble) to tune (instruments) to a common pitch
(tr) to adjust (an engine) in (a car, etc) to improve performance

noun tune-up

adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
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Idioms and Phrases with tune-up

tune up

Adjust machinery so it is in proper condition, as in I took the car in to be tuned up. [Early 1900s]

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