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step it up

To do something better, faster, or more efficiently. I know you're under a lot of pressure at home, but you really need to step it up here at work, Larry. I kind of coasted through my first semester, so I'm really trying to step it up now.
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step things up

To do things better, faster, or more efficiently. I know you're under a lot of pressure at home, but you really need to step things up here at work, Larry. I kind of coasted through my first semester, so I'm really trying to step things up now.
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step up

1. To increase, improve, or hasten something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "step" and "up." We plan to step production up by nearly 75% over the next six months. I'm trying to step up my output ahead of tomorrow's deadline.
2. To give extra effort or take on additional responsibilities, especially when doing so is critical. Someone will need to step up and lead this project now that Dylan has resigned. We're all counting on you to step up and get this done. Your mother is going back to work, so we're going to need you to step up and start looking after your sister after school.
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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

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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By making philanthropy accessible to every woman at any level, Step Up Women's Network is becoming the first organization that women think of when they want to make a difference.
In past years, VTech has sponsored Step Up's gala events and donated phones for Step Up seminars and events, including the Fitness and Nutrition Wrap Party, the Teen Film Class and the Professional Development Mentorship Wrap Party.
The waiting list for permanent, supportive housing at Step Up On Second is currently three to five years long.
2 basis points and interest rate step ups of 25 basis points from September 10th, 2025 and an additional 75 basis points from September 10th, 2040.
Because of my ankle, I went on the bike, the rowing machine and did my step ups and had a light jog.
The Jericho Atrium is 97% occupied and all tenants in the building have leases that have annual rent step ups.
Adults could get themselves in shape with hurdles, step ups and parallel bars if an application for PS20,000 funding is successful.
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.
All Gas Authority members participate in Portfolio III and are required to pay for all costs including unlimited step ups.
Friends and family turned up at the Royal British Legion Club in Berkswell on Saturday to cheer Paddy on as he pulled on a 100lb backpack and began by seeing how many step ups he could manage on a 15-inch bench in one minute.
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.
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.