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run up

verb (transitive, adverb)
1.
to amass or accumulate; incur: to run up debts
2.
to make by sewing together quickly: to run up a dress
3.
to hoist: to run up a flag
noun
4.
an approach run by an athlete for a long jump, pole vault, etc
5.
a preliminary or preparatory period: the run-up to the election
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Word Origin and History for run-up
n.

1834, "an act of running upward," from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + up (adv.). Extended sense "period of time or sequence of events proceeding some important event" is from 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for run-up

run-up

noun

A substantial increase over a relatively short period of time


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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