pump up
transitive verb Date: 1791 1. a. to fill with enthusiasm or excitement b. to fill with or as if with air ; inflate 2. increase 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pump up — pump (someone/something) up to improve someone s or something s performance. Athletes can take drugs to pump themselves up, but there are huge risks involved. Everett hopes the new products will pump up corporate sales …   New idioms dictionary

  • pump up — (something) to make something appear to be bigger or more successful than it is. Opponents charged that the state treasurer pumped up the state s financial figures. We pumped the number of flights up to 500 in our report so everyone would think… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pump up — index inflate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pump up — I. transitive verb Etymology: pump (II) : to work up by artificial means or by great effort pumping up a poem till it means everything N.E.Nelson pumping up his smile Edwin O Connor II. transitive verb 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • pump up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms pump up : present tense I/you/we/they pump up he/she/it pumps up present participle pumping up past tense pumped up past participle pumped up 1) to fill something with air using a pump My bicycle tyres need… …   English dictionary

  • pump up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you pump up something such as a tyre, you fill it with air using a pump. [V P n (not pron)] I tried to pump up my back tyre. [Also V n P] 2) PHRASAL VERB If you pump yourself up for something, you prepare yourself for it… …   English dictionary

  • pump up — phr verb Pump up is used with these nouns as the object: ↑tyre …   Collocations dictionary

  • pump up — pump (someone) up to make someone very interested or enthusiastic. Our coach talks with every team member before a game, offering advice and trying to pump them up. Taylor s band came out and pumped up the crowd …   New idioms dictionary

  • pump up — verb a) To inflate by means of a pump. b) To inflate with a pumping action …   Wiktionary

  • Pump up — 1. increase (the volume of recorded music); 2. inflate; hype up …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • pump up — I Australian Slang 1. increase (the volume of recorded music); 2. inflate; hype up II Canadian Slang to make livlier; to fill with energy …   English dialects glossary

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