work up to

phrasal verb

worked up to; working up to; works 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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