Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

crank up

crank up
Meaning(s)
1) increase the level or degree of something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • crank up the pressure
  • Analysis

    To crank up is an informal phrasal verb meaning to increase something or to make something more intense especially when talking about volume. To crank up can also mean to invigorate or energise or to inject a narcotic drug. To crank up can also mean to start something mechanical.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I couldn't hear the radio from the other room, so I asked my brother to crank up the volume.
    2. Once a month my father cranks up his old car and we take it for a drive together.
    3. The weather is getting much colder it's time to crank up the heating in the house.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. With the deadline looming, that setback has really cranked up the pressure on us to deliver on time.
    2. Staff have not been pulling their weight recently. They need to crank it up a notch.
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