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 for work up
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  work up
      v 1: form or accumulate steadily; "Resistance to the manager's
           plan built up quickly"; "Pressure is building up at the
           Indian-Pakistani border" [syn: build up, work up,
           build, progress]
      2: develop; "we worked up an as of an appetite" [syn: work up,
         get up]
      3: bolster or strengthen; "We worked up courage"; "build up
         confidence"; "ramp up security in the airports" [syn: build
         up, work up, build, ramp up]
      4: come up with; "His colleagues worked out his interesting
         idea"; "We worked up an ad for our client" [syn: work out,
         work up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  166 Moby Thesaurus words for "work up":
     Pap test, aggravate, agitate, anatomic diagnosis, annoy, arouse,
     arrange, awake, awaken, beat, beat up, biological diagnosis,
     biopsy, blow the coals, blow up, breed, bristle, calculate,
     call forth, call up, cast, cause, chafe, churn, churn up,
     clinical diagnosis, concert, contrive, convulse, cut out,
     cytodiagnosis, design, devise, diagnosis, differential diagnosis,
     digital examination, disarrange, discompose, disquiet, disturb,
     electrocardiography, electroencephalography, electromyography,
     embitter, engender, enkindle, enrage, examination, exasperate,
     excite, fan, fan the fire, fan the flame, feed the fire, ferment,
     figure, fire, flame, flurry, foment, forecast, frame, frenzy, fret,
     get up, hatch, heat, heat up, huff, impassion, incense, incite,
     induce, inflame, infuriate, instigate, intend, irritate, key up,
     kindle, laboratory diagnosis, lather up, lay plans, light the fuse,
     light up, madden, make a projection, make arrangements,
     mammography, methodize, miff, move, muster up, nettle, occasion,
     oral examination, organize, overexcite, paddle, peeve, perturb,
     perturbate, physical diagnosis, physical examination, pique, plan,
     plan ahead, postmortem diagnosis, prearrange, produce, program,
     project, provoke, put up to, rally, rankle, rationalize, rile,
     ripple, roil, roughen, rouse, ruffle, rumple, schedule, schematize,
     serodiagnosis, set astir, set fire to, set on, set on fire, set up,
     shake, shake up, shape, sic on, smear, steam up, stir,
     stir the blood, stir the embers, stir the feelings, stir up, study,
     summon up, swirl, systematize, test, tickle, trouble, turn on,
     upset, urinalysis, uroscopy, vex, wake, wake up, waken, warm,
     warm the blood, whet, whip, whip up, whisk, work into, work out

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