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"pump sth up" in British English

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pump sth up

phrasal verb with pump uk   us   /pʌmp/ verb
to ​fill something with ​air using a ​pump: Have you ​pumped up the ​balloonsyet? I must ​pump the ​tyres up on my ​bike. informal to ​increase something by a ​largeamount: The US was ​able to ​pump up ​exports. Let's ​pump up the ​volume a ​bit!
(Definition of pump sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pump sth up" in Business English

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pump sth up

phrasal verb with pump uk   us   /pʌmp/ verb [I or T]
to ​increase the ​price or the ​amount of something: For ​corporations these ​measures can ​reducecosts and ​pump up the ​bottomline. They have simply ​pumped up ​prices to ​cover the ​additionalcosts. The new beach ​developmentplans could ​pump up ​touristrevenue in the summer.
(Definition of pump sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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