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souped up

adjective phrase
  1. Producing a higher power or acceleration than the normal: a Ford with a souped-up motor/ teen-age infatuation with souped-up cars in which speed-crazy kids raced
  2. Increased or heightened in value, attraction, production, etc: the souped-up Premium Bonds are also designed to this end

[1949+; fr supercharged, referring to a pump that forces additional air into the cylinders of an engine to increase its power; perhaps reinforced by soup, ''fuel for a powerful engine,'' and ''material injected into a horse with a view to changing its speed or temperament,'' the latter attested fr 1911 and earlier]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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