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tool around

1. To wander around (some place) aimlessly or idly, doing nothing in particular. We had a few hours to kill before we had to catch our train, so we just tooled around downtown for a while. The scenic boardwalk is a great place to tool around if you have some spare time on your hands.
2. To drive around (some place) in one's car with no purpose, direction, or end point in mind. I remember spending hours when we were teenagers just tooling around in our parents' cars or the crappy rust buckets our friends had saved up to buy. I love tooling around the countryside in my new roadster.
See also: around, tool

tool up

1. To become equipped with the tools, instruments, or machinery necessary for a task or one's job. Now that I'm all tooled up, I can finally get to work repairing this fence. After their lunch break ended, the workers started tooling up again.
2. To provide or equip someone with the tools, instruments, or machinery necessary for a task or one's job. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tool" and "up." This is your first day, right? Head over to the foreman, he'll tool you up. We still need to tool up the new factory.
See also: tool, up

tool around (in something)

to go around in a car; to speed around in a car. Who is that kid tooling around in that souped-up car? Ann spends a lot of time tooling around in her new car.
See also: around, tool

tool something up

to equip a factory or production line with particular tools and machines, as for new products. The manager closed down the factory so she could tool it up for the new models. She tooled up the factory in record time.
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tool up

to become equipped with tools. I need some money so I can tool up to do the job. The factory tooled up to make the new cars in only two weeks.
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tool up

1. Provide the equipment for a particular task, as in Now that we're all tooled up let's repair the boat. This term originated in industry, where it is used for supplying a factory with machinery or other equipment for production. [1920s]
2. Arm oneself, as in They tooled up for their encounter with the rival gang. [Second half of 1900s]
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tool up

v.
1. To equip oneself with tools or machinery needed for a particular job: The company tooled up to produce the new product.
2. To equip someone or something with tools or machinery needed for a particular job: The company still hasn't tooled up all of its new factories. The supplier travels to every workshop each week to tool them up.
3. To supply or equip oneself with weaponry; arm. Used chiefly in the passive: The gang was tooled up and ready for a fight.
See also: tool, up

tool around

in. to drive or cruise around. (see also tool.) We tooled around for a while and then rented a horror movie.
See also: around, tool
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Tooling services include design, CNC machining, and model-making.
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"New tool geometries, dust removal attach-ments, hydro, heat-shrink, or even improving the quality of standard tool holders all play a role in the elimination of unnecessary tolerances at the cutting edge, which, not only provides a cleaner surface finish, but equally important, will reduce overall tooling cost.
To check tooling wear, Grede-Iron Mountain scans new and approved tooling and stores the results.
Initially, an engineer designs a part and forwards the print for that part to another engineer, who is responsible for creating the tooling print.
Tooling has been identified as a critical element in the planning and operation of flexible manufacturing systems (FMSs).
The clustering algorithm (ROC and a tooling algorithm) is embedded in a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet.
A proper tooling management strategy must contain elements that allow for monitoring and control of the tooling used in the FMS.
Vantage Tooling Systems, PC Box 101115, Birmingham, AL, 35210 tel: 205/957-2087 fax: 205/957-2088#
Also high-production multicavity tooling. Applications from cosmetics and pharmaceutical packaging to household items, linear bearings, cassette cases, watch boxes, and toys.
Also offered by Remstar, through an agreement with Machine Development Group, is the Automated Tool Dispenser system, which stores and dispenses indexable, perishable insert tooling and larger tooling at the point-of-use in manufacturing areas and machine shops and Horizontal Carousels to increase order picking productivity.
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