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Ramp up

Posted by RRC on January 06, 2006

In Reply to: Ramp up posted by Bob 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.

Perhaps the first usage is a typo/mishearing of "the Department wraps up for the holidays". RRC