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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