tune-up

noun
\ ˈtün-ˌəp How to pronounce tune-up (audio) , ˈtyün- \

Definition of tune-up

1 : a general adjustment to ensure operation at peak efficiency an engine tune-up
2 : a preliminary trial : warm-up

First Known Use of tune-up

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tune-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tune-up. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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tune-up

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How to pronounce tune-up (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tune-up

chiefly US
: a process in which small changes are made to something (such as an engine) in order to make it work better
: an event or activity that helps you practice or prepare for a more important event or activity

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