To limber up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To limber up to change a gun carriage into a four-wheeled vehicle by attaching the limber.
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Usage

In literature:

The artillery, firing a final salvo at a range of two hundred yards, was ordered to limber up.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
A snake who had lain torpid all winter in his hole took advantage of the first warm day to limber up for the spring campaign.
"Cobwebs From an Empty Skull" by Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
The gun was scarcely limbered up preparatory to retreat, when a rush from the Ghazees broke the first square.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
I do a lot of gymnastics each day, to exercise the voice and limber up the anatomy.
"Vocal Mastery" by Harriette Brower
See, these batteries are limbering up preparatory to a withdrawal.
"The Forest of Swords" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The guns limbered up and moved across to a nearer position towards the right.
"From Capetown to Ladysmith" by G. W. Steevens
Sure enough, Tom could feel the troublesome hasp, but alas, the wire was now too limber to push it up.
"Tom Slade with the Boys Over There" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
His arm was free of the sling now, and, though it was still a bit stiff, it was beginning to limber up nicely.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Seeing the day was lost, we were ordered to limber up and leave.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
It is his limbering-up piece: he always plays it as a prelude to a wedding job.
"A Book of Burlesques" by H. L. Mencken
There was no time for limbering up, and drivers and horse-holders prepared to defend their dismounted comrades to the death.
"Draw Swords!" by George Manville Fenn
A few shells exchanged places, and then the battery limbered up and trekked on quietly to the drift.
"Two Years on Trek" by Louis Eugène du Moulin
You will limber up your two guns, and haul them down to the boathouse.
"Brother Against Brother" by Oliver Optic
He was driven nearly two miles before he started, to warm him up, and make him limber.
"The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 1, August, 1851" by Various
As for Miss Arabella: her poker was only an imitation one, anyhow, and it did not take much to limber her up.
"Tripping with the Tucker Twins" by Nell Speed
The conversation was interrupted by Bronco who hastened up to Limber.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker
Major Blackwood on this ordered the battery to limber up and retire.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume 1, Jan-June 1891" by Various
It seemed strange to him to be fingering the keys again, and it took some time to get his stiffened fingers limbered up.
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
But you, my rascal, you seem to have limbered up a little since we met.
"Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
Back again on the gridiron trotted the twenty-two sturdy lads to indulge in a little limbering-up practice before the second half should start.
"Dick Hamilton's Football Team" by Howard R. Garis
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In news:

Arizona Beverages is limbering up to launch a new, caffeinated cold drink in a can — and is angling to score another hit by slapping Joe DiMaggio's image on it.
Arch Rival Roller Girls limber up to kick some Muñecas booty.
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