limber up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v limber up make one's body limber or suppler by stretching, as if to prepare for strenuous physical activity
    • v limber up attach the limber "limber a cannon"
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Usage

In literature:

The fighting class limbered up for action.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
After the ponies, who were very stiff, were limbered up a bit, we traveled on in the direction of the sea.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
And arter about the second cup I limbers up and kisses yer.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
Gets your throat limbered up and going smooth.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
The disappointed enemy limbered up, slipped into the woods and departed.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
You'll have to limber up another battery.
"The Vision of Elijah Berl" by Frank Lewis Nason
The guns were limbered up quietly.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
I'll send you out to Frisco in a chorus that'll limber you up, all right, but I won't let you stay long.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst
At noon we packed up, ready to go forward when the limbers should come up.
"Battery E in France" by Frederic R. Kilner
The 12th Wisconsin Battery blowed up a limber while silencing it.
"An Artilleryman's Diary" by Jenkin Lloyd Jones
One day Limber Tim came up from the Howling Wilderness, all excitement: all gyrations, and gimlets, and corkscrews.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
Most every Spring I've had to take a little dandelion root, limbered up with gin, but this year that didn't seem to get there, as the boys say.
"Cordwood" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
They'll limber up in a minute.
"The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop" by Hamlin Garland
George was as eager as the animal to limber up and go.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
The ditch was now between the two men, and Rampal's only purpose in trotting along the edge of it was to limber up his horse's legs.
"King of Camargue" by Jean Aicard
I gwi' limber 'im up treckly.
"The Man from Jericho" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
We mout as well limber up a leetle mite afore we starts out ergin.
"When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry" by Charles Neville Buck
One had a cast rattlesnake skin which he was chewing, to limber it up, just as Sioux squaws used to chew buckskin.
"A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open" by Theodore Roosevelt
He wants we should practise the graces between times, to limber us up.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
Was that enough to limber up your strength?
"The Iron Arrow Head or The Buckler Maiden" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Preacher, he halted up his hoss,
Ask'd for Miss Spense an' Deely,
Tew limber up his tongue a mite,
And sez right slick an' mealy:
"Brother, I really want tew know
Hev you got religion? Samson, whoa!"
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Limber Up For the 30th Me N Ed's Cross City Race.
The 40-year-old Beverly Hills 90210 star showed off her super toned physique as she limbered up with five-year-old Fiona and her teammates at the LA playing field.
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.
Limber up and SMACK this CELEB.
Players have been in the area for about a week now– limbering up – and they have not gone unnoticed.
Violetta Beretta limbers up for the Hawai'i Burlesque Festival.
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