One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Operating at full speed.
- ‘I only had three hours of tech rehearsal, and that's usually a full load getting the sound and light cues up to speed for one show, much less four.’
- ‘It could be argued that we weren't giving the coolers enough time to get fully up to speed.’
- 1.1 (of a person or company) performing at an anticipated rate or level.
- ‘I expect to be up to speed very quickly and to meet the Government's review timetable.’
- ‘Fortunately, several training courses are now offered in eastern Canada to help machine operators come up to speed more quickly.’
- ‘One member regularly gives an elementary school-aged boy the one-on-one attention he needs to bring his reading skills up to speed.’
- 1.2 (of a person) fully informed or up to date.‘that reminds me to bring you up to speed on the soap opera’
familiarize, make conversant, acquaint, get up to date, keep up to dateView synonyms
- ‘Just in case you don't know what I'm talking about I'll try and bring you up to speed.’
- ‘He and his team now spend time educating people and bringing the company up to speed on grid-computing procedures.’
- ‘A class description or a short chat with your instructor should bring you up to speed.’
- ‘Bring us up to speed on the investigation as to where we are now.’
- ‘If you are self-employed you should get advice from a good professional if you are not up to speed on pension products and their performance.’
- ‘She'll bring us up to speed on the third incident.’
- ‘Now pilots or crew chiefs moving to another aircraft type will be able to quickly get up to speed on any differences in how the new aircraft operates in a combat zone.’
- ‘This is most common at large companies that don't want to spend the time to get a newcomer up to speed with the operations of a large public company only to then rehire again.’
- ‘When a firm takes on a new graduate it expects him or her to be up to speed with the latest theories and technologies.’
- ‘We'll keep you fully up to speed on what's happening.’
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