build up

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build up (third-person singular simple present builds up, present participle building up, simple past and past participle built up)

  1. (intransitive, transitive, idiomatic) To accumulate, to pile up, to increase in stages.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1-0 Bolton”, in BBC:
      Their first half was marred by the entire side playing too deep, completely unable to build up any form of decent possession once the ball left their bewildered defence.
    • 2013 July-August, Stephen P. Lownie, David M. Pelz, “Stents to Prevent Stroke”, in American Scientist:
      As we age, the major arteries of our bodies frequently become thickened with plaque, a fatty material with an oatmeal-like consistency that builds up along the inner lining of blood vessels.
    Ever since the secretary left, the letters in my inbox have started to build up.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To strengthen.
    They had to build up their fortress to protect against attack.
  3. (card games) In solitaire card games, to place a card over another card of lower value. (e.g., place 5 over 4♣)




build up (plural build ups)

  1. Misspelling of buildup.