warmer upper

warmer-upper

[wawr-mer-uhp-er]
noun Informal.
1.
something that provides one with invigorating warmth: Hot soup is a good warmer-upper after skiing.
2.
something that serves to warm up an audience or group of participants before a main event: Radio stations played martial music as a warmer-upper before the prime minister's speech.

Origin:
1940–45; warm up + -er1, applied pleonastically to both v. and particle

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