work up

work up

  1. To raise; to excite; to stir up.
    He worked up the public's passions to rage.
  2. To develop.
    I shall have worked up an appetite with all this heavy work.
  3. (transitive, medicine) To give (a patient) a general medical examination to assess health and fitness.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To use up (material, etc.).
  5. (obsolete, nautical) To set at an irksome or needless task.

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