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dial something up

Definition of dial something up in English:

1Adjust the control on an electrical device so as to increase the level of sound, light, heat, etc. produced: even with everything dialled up to full, the audio output level was only moderate at best
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  • The brightness and contrast controls operate on a 100-point scale, but the brightness control had no effect on the display's black level until we dialed it up past 65.
  • I developed a cramp in my thumb dialing the volume up and down to compensate for the uneven audio levels.
  • He could basically tune his guitar to the room, find out how the room responded to the amplifier, and dial it up so he could have maximum control of the feedback.
1.1 informal Increase the amount, intensity, or degree of a quality, factor, etc. the Raiders really dialled up the pressure in the second half
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  • Gateway dialed up spending to more than $50 million as it seeks more users in the business market.
  • The troubled telco has hired a new president to dial up growth.
  • Yes, the action has been dialed up to a whole new level.
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