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

Examples of hot up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are some hot up-and-comers in the Q category this year, giving BBQ-lovers all around the metro a better shot at enjoying fall-off-the-bone goodness without making too big a trek. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 25 Feb. 2022 These water bottles will keep your beverages cold up to 24 hours or hot up to 12 hours and are backed by a lifetime warranty. Caitlin Chen, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 If the pace is hot up front, Enforceable figures to be making a charge at the end. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 28 Aug. 2020 According to a report in The Sun, Bristol City boss Johnson is ready to renew his interest in the 20-year-old as the Championship promotion race hots up. SI.com, 13 Oct. 2019 Bayern Munich have postponed their annual squad photo, as talk of a move to bring Leroy Sane to the Allianz Arena hots up. SI.com, 30 July 2019 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, 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, 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, 14 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hot up

1922, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Hot up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hot%20up. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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