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warm up

phrasal verb with warm uk   /wɔːm/  us   /wɔːrm/ verb [I or T]

(EVENT)

informal If an event warms up, it starts to become more interesting, enjoyable, or exciting: The party was only just starting to warm up as I left.

(EXERCISE)

to prepare yourself for a physical activity by doing some gentle exercises and stretches: If you don't warm up before taking exercise, you risk injuring yourself.
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