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step something up

 
1. to make something more active. I hope we can step the pace of business up in the next few days. We can step up business considerably by putting out a larger sign.
2. to make something go or run faster. The engineer stepped the motors up and the production line moved even faster. Please step up the speed of your activity.
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step up

to increase. Industrial production stepped up a large amount this last quarter. Traffic has stepped up since the road was paved.
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step up something

also step something up
to make something larger, faster, or more effective Following the explosion the airport authorities stepped up security. We had to step our defense up and move the ball better.
Usage notes: also used in the form step it up: The coach said that if we don't step it up in the second half we're in trouble.
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step up

1. Increase, especially in stages, as in We've got to step up production. [Early 1900s] Also see step down, def. 2.
2. Come forward, as in Step up to the podium, folks, and I'll show you how it works. [Mid-1600s]
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step up

v.
1. To increase something, especially in stages: The factory stepped up production to meet the growing demand. The runners stepped their pace up for the last two laps.
2. To come forward: When I call your name, please step up and be counted. The speaker stepped up to the podium and addressed the crowd.
3. To improve one's performance or take on more responsibility, especially at a crucial time: You need to step up and take responsibility for your actions. The player stepped up at a crucial moment and scored the winning point.
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The waiting list for permanent, supportive housing at Step Up On Second is currently three to five years long.
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As with walking and jogging, build up steadily to a foundation of 30 minutes first and then progress by adding cycle intervals (pedal faster for two minutes and at a steady pace for eight minutes); Step ups or dancing - you can use the bottom stair in your house to step and up and down, making sure you alternate legs.
But as well as counting calories, she exercised, which included long walks on the beach and step ups.
I use the steps on the deck for step ups and tricep dips and then do a few sprints in the garden before sit-ups and press-ups back on the deck.
Our twice weekly sessions continue as circuits, combining hand weights, squats, step ups and short, fast runs, and the rowing machine is becoming more of a familiar sight.
Among the events were 2,000 step ups - equivalent to climbing the Empire State Building - 2,000 sit-ups and press-ups and running twice the height of the Eiffel Tower in less than 10 minutes.
All Gas Authority members participate in Portfolio III and are required to pay for all costs including unlimited step ups.
The second session steps up the pace with a cardiovascular circuit combining sets of star jumps, tricep dips, step ups, side twists, trunk twists and the dreaded shuttle runs.
Sunday or Monday 1 mile run Leg lifts from a wall Squats Step ups from a wall Lunges Burpees (see todays video) Advanced squats Knee thrusts Stomach 1, 2, 3, 4 Side stomach Plank Side plank After an easy mile focus on your bottom half.
The 18-strong group is paired off to take part in timed circuits which combine squats, star jumps, tricep curls, step ups, sit ups and jogging.
Friday High knees, quick knees zig zags and step ups Tricep dips Bicep curls Plank Shoulders and arm exercise with bands After a good warm up set a distance of around 30-40 metres, preferably on grass or sand.
Friday 10 each Quick short knee lifts and high knee lifts 3x30 Step ups easy or hard version 2x30 Biceps 2x15-20 Tricep dips 2x20 stomach 1, 2 and 3 Plank 3x30 seconds AS Mondays session with the quick knees and high knees alternate them.
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