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  • v. Present participle of build up.


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  • The BUR building up to relapse score measured the extent of drug craving, stress, depression, irritability, paranoia, anxiety, and anger on a scale of 0 to 5.

    Alcohol and The Addictive Brain

  • A few days before his death he came to Governor's Island for the purpose of ascertaining in what line of work he could be most useful in building up sound public opinion in favor of such preparedness as would give us a real peace-insurance.

    Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis

  • The false claims advanced by the Bush administration that Saddam was building up a serious WMD program and that his regime had given training in “poisons and deadly gases” to al-Qaeda associates in Iraq were the apogee of this hysteria, as they helped to embroil the United States in the disastrous Iraq War.

    The Longest War

  • The unpublicized Bush review outlined some of the policies that the Obama administration would later adopt, including treating Afghanistan as a regional problem that included Pakistan and building up the Afghan state at the provincial level, something that hitherto had been largely ignored, and it advocated an expanded counterinsurgency mission.

    The Longest War

  • He brought into the White House General Maxwell Taylor, Army chief of staff under Eisenhower, who had resigned in protest against what he saw as inadequate attention to building up conventional military forces and had published a critical book in 1960 entitled The Uncertain Trumpet.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • “Ramu has been here with me all morning, building up the fire and regaling me with folk tales!”

    A Book of Miracles

  • Although the exact means by which autoimmune disease is linked to atherosclerosis is only now becoming clear, significant evidence suggests that somewhere in the disease sequence—the cascade of plaque building up on the arterial wall, inflammation, the rise of C-reactive protein levels, and the atherosclerotic plaque erupting—an immune response against the self is involved, just as in autoimmune disease in other parts of the body.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic

  • Being on the Technical Committee is the most important position a judge can hold, and Le Gougne has been building up to this for years.


  • While these cryptic signals were gradually building up the picture for the First Sea Lord, he made the first moves to send reinforcements to help Commodore Harwood.

    Graf Spee

  •  Pale blue eyeshadow and soft pink lip-gloss gave her a hint of sophistication, building up her seriously depleted self-confidence.

    Falcon's Prey


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