hot up
verb Date: 1878 intransitive verb chiefly British to increase in intensity, pace, or excitement <
air raids began to hot up about the beginning of February — George Orwell
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transitive verb chiefly British to make livelier, speedier, or more intense

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  • hot up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms hot up : present tense I/you/we/they hot up he/she/it hots up present participle hotting up past tense hotted up past participle hotted up British informal to become more lively or exciting The debate on… …   English dictionary

  • hot up — verb a) to increase in temperature Wait for the water to hot up before adding the salt. b) to become more heated The choice of a new leader hots up. Syn: heat up …   Wiktionary

  • hot up — PHRASAL VERB When something hots up, it becomes more active or exciting. [BRIT] [V P] The bars rarely hot up before 1am or the night clubs before 2am... [V P] Campaigning is expected to start hotting up today …   English dictionary

  • hot up — Synonyms and related words: accelerate, agent provocateur, aggravate, amplify, annoy, augment, beef up, blow up, build up, chafe, complicate, concentrate, condense, consolidate, cook, deepen, deteriorate, double, electric heat, embitter, enhance …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Hot up — 1. escalate: He hotted up his attack ; 2. stir up: to hot things up a bit ; 3. tune or modify (a motor vehicle) for high speeds …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • hot up — Australian Slang 1. escalate: He hotted up his attack ; 2. stir up: to hot things up a bit ; 3. tune or modify (a motor vehicle) for high speeds …   English dialects glossary

  • hot up —  Warm up. Increase …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • ˌhot ˈup — phrasal verb British informal to become more lively or exciting …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • hot up or hot something up — Brit. informal become or make more lively or exciting. → hot …   English new terms dictionary

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