bulk up

bulked up; bulking up; bulks up

Definition of bulk up

intransitive verb

: to gain weight especially by becoming more muscular

transitive verb

: to cause to bulk up

Examples of bulk up in a Sentence

she bulked up her hair with one hand as she reached for the shears with the other

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Sauté sides and add 'em to your plate, stir them into sauce, or mix chickpea pasta with with zoodles to bulk up the finished product. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "How Healthy Is Chickpea Pasta? A Dietitian Weighs In on Nutrition and Weight-Loss Benefits," 25 Mar. 2019 The resulting mixture of water, eroded soil and rocks can quickly bulk up to a concentrated mix of water with 10 to 40 percent sediment or an even more concentrated and deadly debris flow moving at up to 20 miles per hour. Lee Macdonald, Washington Post, "Those deadly mudslides you’ve read about? Expect worse in the future.," 20 Jan. 2018 Yet some young women in the capital refuse to bulk up. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 To bulk up its 12% cut in the U.S., a competitor would need to sell up. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "After Coffee, It’s Dinner Time at Nestlé," 9 Jan. 2019 Both campaigns have begun bulking up for the intensifying contest. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "Cuomo Leads Nixon by 22 Points in New Poll," 2 May 2018 And by the way, the Judiciary Committee gets special funds specifically to bulk up the staff temporarily to handle a Supreme Court nomination. Fox News, "Political impact of Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation," 20 Sep. 2018 Since taking the helm in April last year, Ms. Walmsley has bulked up the prescription-drug business with the $4.16 billion acquisition of cancer drugmaker Tesaro Inc. and shed Glaxo’s nutrition business in a $3.75 billion sale to Unilever PLC. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Pfizer, Glaxo to Create Over-the-Counter Drug Giant," 19 Dec. 2018 Of the 12 or 13 full moons each year, only three or four of them bulk up this way. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of bulk up

1979, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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