work up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v work up develop "we worked up an as of an appetite"
    • v work up come up with "His colleagues worked out his interesting idea","We worked up an ad for our client"
    • v work up form or accumulate steadily "Resistance to the manager's plan built up quickly","Pressure is building up at the Indian-Pakistani border"
    • v work up bolster or strengthen "We worked up courage","build up confidence","ramp up security in the airports"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
    • Work up to excite, rouse: to create by slow degrees, to expand, elaborate: to use up, as material:
    • Work up (naut.) to set at an irksome or needless task
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  • Rita Warford
    Rita Warford
    “It's easy to work for somebody else; all you have to do is show up.”
  • David Livingstone
    David Livingstone
    “Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You can make the dream come true if you wake up and work.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
    “Be glad of life because it gives you a chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at stars.”
  • Hank Aaron
    Hank Aaron
    “I don't feel right unless I have a sport to play or at least a way to work up a sweat.”
  • Orel Herhiser
    Orel Herhiser
    “I'm proof that great things can happen to ordinary people if they work hard and never give up.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weorc; Ice. verk, Ger. werk; further conn. with Gr. ergon.


In literature:

Don't get worked up over nothing.
"The Straw" by Eugene O'Neill
Mebbe we'll work up here first.
"The Boy Scout Treasure Hunters" by Charles Henry Lerrigo
Congress Rips up his Work.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Can't stand up to do a day's work.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
While he worked, the sun came up warm, and then grew dim with a kind of haze.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
An occasional "tramp" may be encountered hard up, and in search of work.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
He is giving practically all of his time to watching our work up here.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
He should begin the exercise easily, and work up day by day as his strength and agility increases.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Therefore, what could be put down in black and white as to why we took up factory work is of minor value or concern.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Our papers at last arrived from Washington, and we began closing up a few trades we had been working up.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston

In poetry:

Up comes the primrose, wondering;
The snowdrop droopeth by;
The holy spirit of the spring
Is working silently.
"Songs of the Spring Days" by George MacDonald
She lived for others: not in vain;
In many hearts are treasured up,
(More precious than the garnered grain,)
Her works of love, her words of hope.
"In Memoriam" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Zoo now that I'm a-mwopèn dumb,
A-keepèn father's house, do you
Come of'en wi' your work vrom hwome,
Vor company. Now do.
Come of'en wi' your work vrom hwome,
Up here a-while. Do come.
"Lwonesomeness" by William Barnes
O earth, earth, earth! there comes an awful day,
When thou and all thy works shall burn and melt away;
When all thy dead shall rise, and the sepulchral sea
Shall render up the dead that in her caverns be.
"To Mother Earth" by Janet Hamilton
All thy good works which went before
And waited for thee, at the door,
Shall own thee there, and all in one
Weave a constellation
Of crowns, with which the King, thy spouse,
Shall build up thy triumphant brows.
"A Hymn to the Name and Honour of the Admirable Saint Teresa" by Richard Crashaw
The mountains shook—the firmament
Was in that awful moment rent—
The graves gave up th'imprisoned dead:
Yet 'midst those terrors was begun
Salvation's work, and victory won:
"'Tis finished," the Redeemer said.
""It is finished"" by John Bowring

In news:

Developer Set Up Vehicle to Invest in Banks but Couldn't 'Make the Numbers Work'.
In this file photo, Eddie Rock, from left, Henry Swanson and John Tyson work to board-up windows on the Ingram Building on Fifth Avenue on Sept 12.
He doesn't say much unless asked, and isn't inclined to get overly worked up about on-track skirmishes.
The microphone squeaked heavily as Delegate Luke Clippinger, judge of the gravity-powered cart race in Highlandtown, worked up the crowd.
Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Clorox 's Earnings.
0Most people understand how the popular vote works, but get hung up on how the electoral process works.
This underdog, working-class hero is still moving up the ladder, still willing to work harder and planning to prove it at the Men's Olympic Marathon Trials.
Few topics can get physicians worked up like generational differences in practice styles.
And I remember when everyone got worked up over heavy metal.
The contract with Robinson calls for him to work up to 960 hours from Jan 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
He may work up to an additional 960 hours through Dec 31, 2013.
However, this year, I have a new strategy – start with easy resolutions and work up to the hard ones.
However, this year, I have a new strategy – start with easy resolutions and work up to the harder ones.
Politicians work really hard, and can work up quite an appetite.
"I'm working up to it.".

In science:

This section provides technical definitions and sets up the frame-work for this paper.
On entropy for mixtures of discrete and continuous variables
We then work our way up the tree, defining the state in each node as the sum of its immediate descendants.
Sampling of min-entropy relative to quantum knowledge
As concerns random measures, we shall work in the set-up of .
Directionally Convex Ordering of Random Measures, Shot Noise Fields and Some Applications to Wireless Communications
Nonetheless this can be done for a field theory in M, a treatment which will show up in future work.
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)
Modeling this feature is beyond the scope of the present work, but will be investigated in follow-up modeling.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars