hot up

verb
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of hot up

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

Examples of hot up in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of hot up

1922

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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