sharpen up

phrasal verb

sharpened up; sharpening up; sharpens up
1
: to become better, smarter, more skillful, etc.
You'd better sharpen up if you want to keep your job.
2
: to improve (something)
I took a course to sharpen up my computer skills.

Examples of sharpen up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His Grassroots Spirit Remains Many Spanish and South American players in La Liga would have sharpened up by playing futsal at a young age. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Hard cornering is flattened out by an active anti-roll system, while four-wheel steering sharpens up handling, as do the industry’s largest carbon-ceramic brakes. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 11 June 2023 The administration has made a number of moves to sharpen up border enforcement ahead of the order’s end. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 10 May 2023

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“Sharpen up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharpen%20up. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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