gin up (something)

gin up (something)

1. To produce or engender something; to stir or work something up. Primarily heard in US. The story has continued ginning up controversy for the last two weeks.
2. To create something under false pretenses. Primarily heard in US. Many believe the government ginned up the charges as a means of removing the foreign leader from power.
3. To exaggerate or embellish something. Primarily heard in US. Personally, I think he's been ginning up the issue as a means of getting more votes.
4. To stimulate or invigorate something to be more active, productive, or successful. Primarily heard in US. Congress seems confident that the new tax laws will gin up the economy. We need to find a way of ginning up our quarterly sales.
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