Here is your idiom of the nite:
to Step Up
Actually, 'to step up' can have slightly different meanings, but they are all usually related to "increasing" something (usually a level).
*If someone 'steps up', it means they are increasing their acceptance of more responsibility in their lives and expecting a greater performance from themselves. Most often, this happens during a crucial point in time.
A father talking to his son:
Well, my son, you are 18 years old now. You are an adult and it's time for you to step up and take more responsibility in your life...you must get a job.
My boss made me the head of our group at work. It's time for me to step up and show everyone how skillful I am at leadership.
*A common phrase is, "...step up to the podium...". A 'podium' is like a 'tall box' that people stand in front of during a speech or presentation (see below for a picture and example of a podium).
*'Step up' can also mean to increase your speed.
You are working too slow; step it up!
*If people 'step something up', it means they increase its level.
The factory stepped up production during the months before Christmas.
There are more uses of 'step up'. If you want, you can reply to this post and write some example sentences, and I can check them for you...
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