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- (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.
- Ever since the secretary left, the letters in my inbox have started to build up.
- (transitive, idiomatic) To strengthen.
- They had to build up their fortress to protect against attack.
- (card games) In solitaire card games, to place a card over another card of lower value. (e.g., place 5♦ over 4♣)
- (card games): build down
- Alternative form of