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mount up

Meaning: to gradually become larger or greater in amount

Synonym: stack up, accumulate (formal)

For example:

  • mount up Hillary's debts had been mounting up and she still wasn't doing anything about paying them off.

  • mount up The costs of the war have been mounting up, and it has now cost taxpayers over five hundred billion dollars.

Quick Quiz:

Henry's bills mounted up because he
  1. had been paying them on time
  2. hadn't been paying them
  3. hadn't been using many services

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