work oneself up

work oneself up

to allow oneself to become emotionally upset. Todd worked himself up, and I thought he would scream. Don't work yourself up over Sally. She's not worth it.
See also: up, work

work oneself up

 (to something)
1. . to prepare oneself with sufficient energy or courage to do something. I can't just walk in there and ask for a raise. I have to work myself up to it. I worked myself up and went into the boss's office.
2. and work one's way up (to something) to progress in one's work to a particular rank or status. I worked myself up to sergeant in no time at all. Claude worked his way up to master sergeant.
See also: up, work

work oneself up

tv. to allow oneself to become emotionally upset. Todd worked himself up, and I thought he would scream.
See also: up, work
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The point is to work oneself up into a frenzy of painterliness, each gesture synergistically interacting with every other, to create a kind of orgasmic resonance.