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lead-up

[leed-uhp] /ˈlidˌʌp/
noun
1.
something that provides an approach to or preparation for an event or situation.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; noun use of verb phrase lead up (to)
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Word Origin and History for leadup

lead-up

n.

1917, from lead (v.1) + up (adv.).

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