One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Bring something gradually to a more complete or satisfactory state.‘painters were accustomed to working up compositions from drawings’
- ‘The first is where you have some wax and you work it up and bring some things in.’
- ‘He works his paintings up from informative sketches.’
2Develop or produce by activity or effort.‘despite the cold, George had already worked up a fair sweat’
stimulate, rouse, raise, arouse, awaken, excite, build up, whetView synonyms
- ‘Here's my favorite boy toy working up some elbow grease, de-furring the couch with a cat-hair-catching sponge.’
- ‘But that means travellers would barely work up a sweat before their train arrived.’
- ‘Exercise is one way to work up a sweat and promote detoxification from the body.’
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