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Phrasal Verbs

build up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb build up (2)

Meaning

to gradually increase

For example

  • build up Fatty foods make fat deposits build up in the arteries, and it's these fat deposits that cause heart attacks.

  • build up His anger slowly built up over time, until one day he snapped and shot someone because they'd cut him off in traffic.

Quick Quiz

Tooth decay occurs when plaque builds up on the surface of our teeth because we

a. brush them too much

b. don't brush them enough

c. eat too much plaque

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