hot up


Definition of hot up 

intransitive verb

chiefly British : to increase in intensity, pace, or excitement air raids began to hot up about the beginning of February— George Orwell

transitive verb

chiefly British : to make livelier, speedier, or more intense

Examples of hot up in a Sentence

with a silky Southern drawl, the waitress asked, “Want me to hot up that pie?”

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Inter host Juventus at San Siro this Saturday, as the title race in Serie A hots up with Napoli breathing down Juventus' neck., "Inter vs Juventus Preview: Team News, Recent Form, Key Battle, Prediction & More," 27 Apr. 2018 No other clubs have been officially named as having an interest in Torres' signature, but expect his name to be splashed across the back pages in the coming months as a potential battle for his services hots up., "Valencia Starlet Pens New 3-Year Deal With €100m Buyout Clause As Liverpool Monitor Progress," 3 Apr. 2018 By José Luis Villegas Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 1:04 Mozzy breaks down Oak Park slang Advertisement The Sacramento rapper is one of the hottest up-and-coming artists in the whole hip-hop game. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramentans get shout-outs, stage time as Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars win Grammys," 30 Jan. 2018 The company was recently named one of the hottest up-and-coming startups in the Southwest by Phoenix Business Journal. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Who's Next: 25 self-starters championing Arizona's entrepreneurial spirit," 21 May 2018 The race for AC Milan star Suso continues to hot up, after transfer speculation has repeatedly linked him to both Liverpool and Real Madrid this week., "Liverpool Reportedly Lead Race to Sign Spanish Star With Real Madrid Trailing Behind," 14 Apr. 2018 The Egyptian has notched a remarkable 30 goals in England's top flight during his maiden campaign at Anfield, and lies four goals ahead of nearest rival Harry Kane as the battle for the gong hots up., "4 Goals to Go! Mo Salah Reveals He's Gunning for Premier League Golden Boot Record in Final Games," 20 Apr. 2018 Big wins for Spurs and Man City and the race to avoid relegation hots up!, "FanView: Why Spurs' Win at Stamford Bridge Was So Much More Than Just an Average Derby Victory," 2 Apr. 2018 There are plenty of innovations—some of them true abominations—in the works, all intended to shorten and hot up the game. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Why Baseball Matters’ Review: Is the National Pastime Passé?," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hot up

1922, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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