Ramp-up was originally an auto industry term used to indicate when a new model was scheduled to ship out, deliver, or "ramp-up" onto auto vehicle transport trucks. Also may used in other contexts, such as when a business switches over to or begins using a new software package or new version of older software. The term ramp-up was used primarily in a time context, when something was due to occur or occurred in the past.

The news media misconstrued the meaning of ramp-up a few years ago, when interviewing auto industry people, to be synonymous with "ratchet-up", meaning to increase or "turn-up". The term is now used almost exclusively in this context.
The Chevrolet Volt is scheduled to ramp-up in late 2010.

Our company will ramped-up its new accounting software package next month.
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To excessively increase one's efforts. This can be good or bad.
When he started ramping up, I knew it was time to beat feet & get the Hell outta there! Whilst at the concert, we started ramping up as the fevered pitch of hearing Kickass Rock Music really got our adrenaline going!
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To become mentally and physically prepared.
To become excited.
To elevate ones readiness.
To be overexcited.
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A term used to pacify a scared audience that you are close to doing your job but have in fact done fuck all.
We have ramp-up our delivery of competence.
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a phrase used by BMXers expressing emotions of encouragement.
Dom, ramp up the jawn, bitch!!
by Dom P. November 05, 2002
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When a song is excessively climbing/topping a music hype or sales chart.

Usually used when promoting your own material to a wider audience.
-Oi mate, that tunage is flying high... sick...

-Yeah homie, that track is ramping up the charts!!!
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showin' off your new clothes/kicks/anything new
"yo, dude, i'm going to the mall to ramp up the jawn later on. you wanna come with me?"
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