Before that, there were coordinated "warm-up" acts that stoked the fires of anti-Israel sentiment.
And Chrysler's bankruptcy, it was clear, was just the warm-up for the next act: General Motors.
In a World Cup warm-up game, the players held up a banner saying the islands were Argentinean.
Eastwood, who was supposed to be the warm-up act for Marco Rubio introducing Romney, wound up with marquee billing.
I took them through some warm-up laps with a couple of quick interviews.
There was little to be done in the studio and Milt had timed Frankie's warm-up right to the minute.
Frankie felt the control ease out and knew the warm-up was over.
Columbine's fresh as a daisy and the three miles or so will be just a warm-up for her this night.
An eager crowd watched the preparations and warm-up practice.
There had been some warm-up practice, and scores of eager lads were but awaiting the crack of the pistol.
Old English wearm, from Proto-Germanic *warmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German warm, Old Norse varmr, Gothic warmjan "to warm"), from PIE *gwher- (cf. Sanskrit gharmah "heat;" Old Persian Garmapada-, name of the fourth month, corresponding to June/July, from garma- "heat;" Armenian jerm "warm;" Greek thermos "warm;" Latin formus "warm," fornax "oven;" Old Irish fogeir "heated;" Hittite war- "to burn"). The root also may be connected to that of Old Church Slavonic goriti "to burn," varu "heat," variti "to cook, boil;" and Lithuanian verdu "to seethe."
The distinction, based on degree of heat, between "warm" and "hot" is general in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, but in other languages one word often covers both (cf. Latin calidus, Greek thermos, French chaud, Spanish caliente). In reference to feelings, etc., attested from late 15c. Sense in guessing games first recorded 1860, from earlier hunting use in reference to scent or trail (1713). Warm-blooded in reference to mammals is recorded from 1793. Warm-hearted first recorded c.1500.
Old English wyrman "make warm" and wearmian "become warm;" from the root of warm (adj.). Phrase warm the bench is sports jargon first recorded 1907. Warm up (v.) "exercise before an activity" is attested from 1868. In reference to appliances, motors, etc., attested from 1947. Noun phrase warm-up "act or practice of warming up" is recorded from 1915. Related: Warmed; warming.
SCOTCH WARMING PAN. A wench. [Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1788]