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1Prepare for physical exertion or a performance by exercising or practising gently beforehand:‘the band were warming up’
limber up, loosen up, stretch, work out, exercise, get into condition, get into shape, practise, prepare, get readyrehearseView synonyms
- ‘The following exercises are for stretching and warming up the muscles before shooting and for stretching and cooling down the muscles after shooting.’
- ‘The Horsforth Old Brass Band entertained the crowd who were warmed up before the turning on ceremony by radio presenters Jon Hammond and Steve Warren.’
- ‘It is important that you warm up gently before you start any exercises and do not strain at all.’
- ‘Next, students practice warming up exercises in unison.’
- ‘There's tones in the song, if you engage in it as a singer, and reach that place as a singer in the falsetto, and it's just a beautiful exercise to warm up your larynx.’
- ‘The classes start with a short aerobic exercise to warm up the body before a 20 minute session on the poles.’
- ‘During practice or to warm up before a game, turn this team sport into a one-on-one competition.’
- ‘The day was run by two teachers, Rodney and Brian, and we began in the morning with physical and vocal warm up.’
- ‘Be sure to warm up and stretch before exercising.’
- ‘The jogging was intended to provide an easy warm up activity that also prepared the muscles for stretching.’
- 1.1 (of an engine or electrical appliance) reach a temperature high enough to allow it to operate efficiently:‘the television takes a while to warm up’
- ‘A swirl control valve that increases the air/fuel mixture when the engine is warming up improves combustion.’
- ‘By this time the truck's engine has warmed up enough to allow a shift up into second gear, then third and finally fourth - or top gear.’
- ‘In a minute I'm in my car with the doors locked and the engine warming up.’
- ‘Ken set the mixtures to auto lean and warmed up the engines at 1000 rpm.’
- ‘This allows the engine to warm up faster, cutting exhaust emissions, and reduces fuel consumption by about 3 percent because it is not geared to the engine.’
- ‘Instead of waiting for the car to warm up, it is better to drive the vehicle in low gear till the engine warms up.’
- ‘The car may not start well and works rather sluggishly until the engine warms up.’
- ‘Although now I can hear the noise of the snowploughs working away and some aircraft warming up their engines.’
- ‘A spokesman for AA Roadwatch advised motorists to take extra care in the arctic conditions and to allow more time to warm up their vehicles in the morning.’
- ‘Check that the tyre pressures are correct, the brakes are in good working order and that the engine warms up as quickly as possible.’
- 1.2 Become livelier or more animated:‘after several more rounds, things began to warm up in the bar’
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