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(of a musician) adjust one's instrument to the correct or uniform pitch.[no object] ‘we could hear the band tuning up’
- ‘Musicians in Swindon are tuning up.’
- ‘Even from the opening moments, as the band tunes up its instruments, we know this movie is going to be about the music.’
- ‘The crowd inside the square was moving again, filling into the center of the area as the members of the mariachi tuned up their instruments.’
- ‘Already, the members of the orchestra were tuning up their instruments so it wouldn't be too long before the show started.’
- ‘The backstage area at the club is filled with a discordant mix of musicians tuning up and trams for the Disneyland concourse whizzing by.’
- ‘Behind them, we hear a string quartet tuning up for its requiem.’
- ‘The band was tuning up their instruments.’
- ‘The only music to be heard was some of the brass section tuning up their instruments.’
- ‘In between the dance numbers and while the musicians were tuning up and the dancers changing shoes; you could indulge in some celebrity spotting.’
- ‘The sudden sound of instruments tuning up broke the eye contact at last and made us both look toward the other end of the hall.’
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