soup up
transitive verb Etymology: soup (drug injected into a racehorse to improve its performance) Date: circa 1933 to increase the power or efficiency of <
soup up an engine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • soup up — (something) to make something more powerful. They had to soup up the air conditioning to keep her computers from overheating in the summer. Usage notes: usually used to describe an improvement to a car or other machine …   New idioms dictionary

  • soup up — verb make more powerful he souped up the old cars • Syn: ↑hop up, ↑hot up • Hypernyms: ↑modify • Verb Frames: Somebody s something * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • soup up — PHRASAL VERB To soup up something such as a car engine means to make it more powerful. To soup up something such as a piece of music or writing means to make it more interesting and exciting. [V P n (not pron)] He had his first car at sixteen, a… …   English dictionary

  • soup up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms soup up : present tense I/you/we/they soup up he/she/it soups up present participle souping up past tense souped up past participle souped up informal to change something in order to make it faster or more… …   English dictionary

  • soup up — Synonyms and related words: accelerate, aggravate, beef up, blow up, complicate, concentrate, condense, consolidate, deepen, double, enhance, exacerbate, exaggerate, heat up, heighten, hop up, hot up, intensify, jazz up, key up, magnify, make… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • soup up — v. t., slang, enliven, rev up (inf.). See increase …   English dictionary for students

  • soup up — v Increase the power and speed of a car. Sure, he wins the drag races: his car is souped up. 1930s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • soup up — verb To modify the engine of a motor vehicle to give a higher performance than the specifications …   Wiktionary

  • Soup up — modify (an engine, especially of a motor car) in order to increase its power …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • soup up — Australian Slang modify (an engine, especially of a motor car) in order to increase its power …   English dialects glossary

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