work up to

phrasal verb
worked up to; working up to; works up to

Definition of work up to

: to reach (something, such as a rate or level) by gradually increasing in speed, intensity, etc. The ship gradually worked up to full speed. The story starts slow but works up to a brilliant conclusion.

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“Work up to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20up%20to. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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