work up into

work (someone or something) up into (something)

1. To develop, grow, or expand something into something larger or more complicated. We're working the author's short story up into a feature-length film. My grandfather spent his whole life working this small business up into the dominant global force that it is today.
2. To cause someone, some group, or oneself to enter an intense, typically negative mental or emotional state. I started working myself up into a panic thinking about all the things that could go wrong during the interview. The politician worked the mob up into a frenzy during his rally. His words began working her up into a rage.
See also: up, work
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work something up into something

to develop something into something. I will work this story up into a screenplay in a few months. I can work up this idea into a good novel.
See also: up, work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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