work up to
transitive verb phrase
1. (to prepare for) 
Paula was working up to asking her parents' permission to go on the trip to the capital.Paul preparaba el terreno para pedirles permiso a sus padres para participar en el viaje a la capital.
2. (to approach) 
The drum teacher told his student to practice the exercise at 60 beats per minute and to work up to 200.El maestro de percusión le dijo a su alumno que practicara el ejercicio a 60 pulsos por minuto y que aumentara gradualmente hasta 200.
3. (to develop into) 
As the evening wore one, the dancing worked up to a veritable frenzy.A medida que la noche avanzaba, el baile iba subiendo gradualmente hasta alcanzar un verdadero frenesí.
work up to
transitive verb phrase
1. (general) 
a. prepararse or 
b. alistarse para (Latin America) 
work up to
intransitive verb
preparar el terreno para
events were working up to a crisis los sucesos estaban preparando el terreno para una crisis
She recommends starting with a teaspoonful and gradually working up to 2 or 3 teaspoonfuls Repeat the movement four times at first and gradually work up to six repetitions the book works up to a dramatic ending
what are you working up to? ¿qué propósito tiene todo esto?; ¿adónde va a parar todo esto?; I thought he was working up to a proposal creía que estaba preparando el terreno para hacerme una declaración
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