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a building up, as of military forces; increase in amount or number.
a process of growth; strengthening; development:
the buildup of heavy industry.
an accumulation, as of a particular type of material:
a buildup of salt deposits.
an increase, as in potential, intensity, or pressure:
A buildup of suspense began halfway through the movie.
a progressive or sequential development:
the buildup of helium atoms from hydrogen.
praise or publicity designed to enhance a reputation or popularize someone or something:
The studio spent $100,000 on the new star's buildup.
a process of preparation designed to make possible the achievement of an ultimate objective:
a lengthy buildup to a sales pitch.
encouragement; a psychological lift:
Every time I need a buildup, I look at her picture.
Americanism; noun use of verb phrase
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Water plants keep ponds shaded, protecting them from heat
that stimulates algae growth.
Volcanologists thought that the
to a major eruption would take centuries.
Few events in the history of science have had a bigger
Obscured by all the commotion was the fact that, in this cold-war
, the weakest arm may still make all the difference.
So overwhelming was the
, many listeners were turned off before really giving their music a chance.
Boxers will play up ethnic differences during a fight's
because it helps to sell tickets.
Theories ranged from the emergence of an unknown infectious disease to the
of pesticides in the vultures' tissues.
White vinegar and lemon juice cut through greasy or waxy
, leaving the home smelling fresh and clean.
Dogs don't metabolize and excrete theobromine as fast as humans, causing toxic
in the blood.
Also, with this game, there's obviously a lot of
Slang definitions & phrases for
Publicity and other provisions for introducing a new product, entertainer, etc
: the buildup for a concert
The careful preparation of a potential customer or victim
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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