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warmup

or warm-up

[ wawrm-uhp ]
/ ˈwɔrmˌʌp /
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noun

verb phrase warm up

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Origin of warmup

First recorded in 1840–50; warm (in the verb sense “to make warm, heat”) + up (adverb used as a function word); the noun is derived from the verb phrase
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British Dictionary definitions for warmup

warm up

verb (adverb)

noun warm-up

the act or an instance of warming up
a preparatory exercise routine
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Idioms and Phrases with warmup

warm up

1

Prepare for exercise or an athletic event by stretching or practicing beforehand, as in It's important to warm up before you play any sport. The idiom is also applied to musicians getting ready to perform. [Late 1800s]

2

Make enthusiastic, excited, or animated, as in He was good at warming up an audience for the main speaker. [Mid-1800s]

3

Also, warm up to. Become friendlier or more receptive toward, as in I had a hard time warming up to my mother-in-law. [Early 1800s]

4

Reach a temperature high enough to work efficiently, as in I'll go out and warm up the car. [Mid-1900s]

5

Reheat food, as in If we warm up the leftovers, we'll have enough for everyone. [Mid-1800s]

6

Approach a state of violence or confrontation, as in Racial tension was rapidly warming up. Also see heat up.

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