Definition of work someone up in English:

work someone up

phrasal verb

  • Gradually bring someone, especially oneself, to a state of intense excitement, anger, or anxiety.

    ‘he got all worked up and started shouting and swearing’
    • ‘You psyche yourself up for the operation, go without food the night before and don't get much sleep because you are worked up.’
    • ‘And most of us shudder at the idea of ridding the monarchy of the pomp and pageantry that routinely works us up into a collective frenzy.’
    • ‘There had definitely been a spark - the whole hatred thing really worked her up, and some of the passion accidentally slipped out when their lips met.’
    • ‘Music makes us swoon, yearn, weep, laugh, gets us all lovey-dovey or can work us up into an aggressive, martial frenzy.’
    • ‘He swallowed back the fear with the thought that, as far as he could remember, no near-suicide mission had ever worked him up like this.’