heat up (2)

This page is about the phrasal verb heat up (2).

Meaning: If something like a discussion, a contest or a conflict heats up, it gets more intense, more exciting or more dangerous.

For example:

  • heat up When they got onto the topic of human rights, the discussion heated up and people got angry and began shouting.

  • heat up The match started to heat up after the referee made a bad decision and the players got frustrated and started pushing and shoving.

Quick Quiz:

The conflict between people who supported the government and those against it was heating up and people were getting

a. thirstier

b. angrier

c. friendlier

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