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rev up

1. Of a motor, to increase very quickly or suddenly in rotational speed. Every night, at exactly 2 AM, I hear the sound of motorcycle engines revving up outside my house.
2. To increase the speed of a motor, especially very quickly or suddenly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rev" and "up." The driver beside me started revving up his engine while we waited for the light to turn green, egging me on to engage with him in a road race. Don't rev the motor up like that—it's really disturbing for everyone who lives in this neighborhood.
3. To begin rapidly increasing in intensity, activity, or amount. Sales of the product were pretty low for the first few months, but they really revved up once that famous rapper started talking about it on social media. Public interest in the election began revving up after one of the candidates made some controversial remarks during a radio interview.
4. To cause something to begin rapidly increasing in intensity, activity, or amount. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "rev" and "up." We started revving production up after it became clear that there was great public demand for the toy. We need to find a way to rev up public engagement with this issue.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

rev something up

to make an idling engine run very fast, in short bursts of power. Hey! Stop revving it up! I wish that Tom wouldn't sit out in front of our house in his car and rev up his engine.
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rev up

to increase in amount or activity. Production revved up after the strike. We're hoping business will rev up soon.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

rev up

Increase the speed or rate of, enliven, stimulate, as in Bill revved up the motor, or They looked for ways to rev up the ad campaign. The verb rev is an abbreviation for revolution, alluding to the rate of rotation of an engine. The idiom dates from about 1920 and has been used figuratively since the mid-1900s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rev up

v. Slang
1. To make some engine work faster by injecting it with fuel: The mechanic revved up the engine before the race. We revved the engine up and sped off.
2. To work faster due to an injection of fuel: The old car's engine revved up when I pushed the accelerator.
3. To make someone or something more lively or productive: We had a pep rally to rev ourselves up for the game. The administration is making efforts to rev up the economy.
4. To increase in rate, amount, or activity: Production revved up after the war started.
5. To improve the quality of something: We need to add something to this batter to rev up the flavor. Those candles really revved up the festive atmosphere.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

rev

mod. revolting. Fix you hair! You are so rev!

rev something up

tv. to speed up an engine in short bursts. Tom sat at the traffic light revving up his engine.
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revved (up)

mod. excited, perhaps by drugs. The kids were all revved up, ready to party.
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revved

verb
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Ruth was born in Duck Hill, Mississippi and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Maggie Lee (Lishman) Reves. She graduated from Sunflower County Agricultural High School, Moorhead, Mississippi in 1945 and earned her degree from Sunflower Junior College.
Javan Khazali, president of New Western Energy Corp, said, 'The 84-acre Reves Lease is a strategic acquisition that is adjacent to the Swenson Lease, which our wholly owned subsidiary acquired earlier this year.
(10) Il n'y a pas d'explication unique du reve. Par ailleurs, cette explication univoque induit en erreur quant a la multiplicite des reves possibles : tous les reves ne sont pas des reves sexuels.
The difference was that our drenching was out of choice - we spent what seemed like every waking hour either in the fantastic parc pools at Le Lac des Reves, dipping into the Med or, on a couple of occasions, swimming in the sparkling clear Herault river beneath the cliffs of a stunning gorge.
WATER BABY: Emily Youll in the pool complex at Siblu's Le Lac des Reves parc, in Languedoc COME ON IN, IT'S LOVELY: Russell with son Jamie and daughter Emily in the Herault River at Pont de Diable, St Guilhelm le Desert ABOUT ON THE RIVER: Canoe fun on the Herault River MESSING DREAM LAND: Bedtime at Le Lac des Reves HEATWAVE: At Place de la Comedie, Montpellier FOAM FUN: Jamie and Emily at a kids' foam party
189-203) retranscrit les recits de reves presents dans la correspondance du reclus Ptolemaios.
The Northwestern State University (NSU) chapter of Phi Kappa Phi along with the NSU Research Council presented Nicholas Reves of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jennifer Shaw of Weatherford, Texas, with Phi Kappa Phi Student Research Awards, during NSU's twentieth annual Research Day, held Wednesday, April 11,2007.
IO is made up of five components: electronic warfare, psychological operations, operations security, computer-network operations and military deception, said Dane Reves, deputy S-3 at the 1st Information Operations Command at Fort Belvoir, Va.