hot up

verb
hotted up; hotting up; hots 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

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The Leicester Mercury reports that Huth, who is yet to make a first team appearance this season, may have his opportunities at the heart of the Foxes' defence limited as competition for places hots up. SI.com, "Claude Puel Refuses to Confirm Whether Title-Winning Defender Will Stay at Leicester Next Season," 23 Feb. 2018 Inter host Juventus at San Siro this Saturday, as the title race in Serie A hots up with Napoli breathing down Juventus' neck. SI.com, "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. SI.com, "Valencia Starlet Pens New 3-Year Deal With €100m Buyout Clause As Liverpool Monitor Progress," 3 Apr. 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. SI.com, "Liverpool Reportedly Lead Race to Sign Spanish Star With Real Madrid Trailing Behind," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hot up

1922, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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