worked up


Definition of worked up

: emotionally aroused : excited

Examples of worked up in a Sentence

What is she so worked up about? He got all worked up over the football game.
Recent Examples on the Web Amisha eventually seized the moment and worked up the courage to call Neena and disclosed her true feelings. NBC News, 5 May 2021 The previous six decades of Twins baseball instructs us not to get too worked up when a team with significant talent starts off in a shoddy manner. Star Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Stohl noticed an excess of trash talking, and worried the team was getting a bit too worked up and creating a potentially harmful environment. Mike Hume, Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 This plan being worked up by The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority is supposed to shape how all that happens. Tony Semerad, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2021 Black workers were often assigned to the dirtiest jobs in the packinghouse, including the kill floor, where men worked up to their knees in blood. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, 21 Dec. 2020 Months passed before Davis worked up the courage to hunt. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, 16 Nov. 2020 Basically, the market got worked up into a lather earlier this year about inflation, research firm said, and the Fed has bought itself some time with its recent messaging. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, conservatives, worked up over tech companies’ role in stifling disinformation and far-right extremism, have veered away from the GOP’s free-market rhetoric into a more populist approach. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of worked up

1835, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Worked up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of worked up

informal : very angry, excited, or upset about something

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Kids Definition of worked up

: emotionally excited and especially angry or upset … Mr. Noble got himself worked up about the damage done to his crop …— Karen Hesse, Out of the Dust

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