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pump sb up

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with pump   /pʌmp/ us  
to make someone feel more confident or excited: He was offering them advice and trying to pump them up. The players were pumping themselves up by singing the national anthem before the game.
Translations of “pump sb up”
in Chinese (Traditional) 為打氣,使鼓起勇氣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 为打气,使鼓起勇气…
(Definition of pump sb up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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