work oneself up into

work oneself up into something

1. . Lit. to struggle to raise oneself upward into something or some place. I worked myself up into the top of the tree. I worked myself up into the rafters of the barn and couldn't get down.
2. . Fig. to bring oneself into an extreme emotional state. I worked myself up into a state of hysteria. Don't work yourself up into hysteria.
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.