work up
verb Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to stir up ; rouse 2. to produce by mental or physical work <
worked up a comedy act
>
<
worked up a sweat in the gym
>
intransitive verb to rise gradually in intensity or emotional tone

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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