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tune-up

[toon-uhp, tyoon-] /ˈtunˌʌp, ˈtyun-/
noun
1.
an adjustment, as of a motor, to improve working order or condition:
The car needs a tune-up badly.
2.
Informal. a preparatory activity or warm-up, as before a contest or game:
The track meet served as a tune-up for the Olympics.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; noun use of verb phrase tune up
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Examples for tune-up
  • The space telescope has had its last big tune-up, and is now starting the last years of its life.
  • Take your bike in for a tune-up and perhaps the riddle-loving mechanic will give you a clue.
British Dictionary definitions for tune-up

tune up

verb (adverb)
1.
to adjust (a musical instrument) to a particular pitch, esp a standard one
2.
(esp of an orchestra or other instrumental ensemble) to tune (instruments) to a common pitch
3.
(transitive) to adjust (an engine) in (a car, etc) to improve performance
noun
4.
adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
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