Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
(a/the) build-up of
a build-up ofthe build-up of
1) an accumulation of something, growing in size/volume
How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional HighSocial
the build-up of tension/pressure/dirt
This expression refers to a gradual increase in the amount or level of something over a period of time. It most commonly used in a negative sense, and can often be as a result of neglect or disuse. For example, you may notice a 'build-up' of dust on some of the surfaces in your house if they haven't been cleaned in a while. Day-to-day, you may complain about a 'build-up' of traffic on the motorway, or seasonally, a 'build-up' of snow outside. It is therefore mostly used in a social context, and shares a similar meaning to the term 'accumulate.'
Social Examples (Advance)
There has beenan ongoing build-up of tensions in the Middle-Eastfor decades, which is likely to cause violence.
Thebuild-up of air pressure in a tyrecan often cause it to explode.
Abuild-up of dirt in the pipescaused a blockage and the water wouldn't go down the drain.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Some customers find that interest and transaction fees build-up over time, accumulating to large amounts over a year.
A good project manager will ensure that work doesn't build-up unexpectedly and tasks are dealt with on an ongoing basis.
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