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Ramp up

Posted by Bob on January 06, 2006

In Reply to: Ramp up posted by pamela on January 06, 2006

: What is the correct use of "ramp up"? I've heard it used in two contradictory ways recently - "There's hardly anyone there - the Department ramps up for the holidays", and "Unions are ramping up their campaign, putting increased pressure on the government". Pamela

The second usage is correct: "ramp up" implies an increased effort.
The first use seems like a mistake.