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    Beef up, perk up, jazz up

    Hello!


    Would it be correct to use either of these phrasal verbs in the sentences below? Do you use them interchangeably?

    1.They are taking on more workers to beef up production.
    2.Security has been beefed up for the royal visit.


    Perk up -to improve to become more exciting

    jazz up-to make something more attractive or interesting


    Beef up-to make something bigger, better, more interesting, etc.


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    Re: Beef up, perk up, jazz up

    Both sentences are correct.
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    Re: Beef up, perk up, jazz up

    'Perk up' and 'jazz up' don't really work in either sentence. They both refer to making something more interesting or attractive, where as 'beef up' means to make something stronger.

    I slightly disagree with your given definition of 'perk up'. I consider 'perk up' to mean something more like 'become more lively or interested about something'.

    Somebody can 'perk up', but you can't really 'perk something up'.
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    Re: Beef up, perk up, jazz up

    I found these phrasal verbs in this book http://www.amazon.com/English-Phrasa.../dp/0521684188

    Thank you for your explanations.

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