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What is the opposite of ease up?

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To be anxious or concerned
“I cannot help but worry about my upcoming exam.”
To feel great fear about something
“The situation is under control and there's no need to panic just yet.”
To tighten, especially one's muscles
“I stand on my tip-toes and flex every muscle in my body that I can.”
To be emotionally stirred up with a negative emotion, especially anger
“They burn with anger and frustration, and are helpless to understand why the world has abandoned them.”
To work hard and for long hours, especially till late at night or the early hours of the morning
To hasten the progress of or make easier
“The two leaders agreed on the need to speed up efforts to resume a serious peace process.”
(usually of an object) To physically strain, or to apply force as to cause strain
“Heavily fatigued muscles may eventually stress the bone structure and cause a fracture.”
To attempt or try to do (something)
“He says that he will now seek to better his personal best.”
To suffocate a person's space as if to coerce them into doing something
“Despite my insistence that he was crowding me, he still persisted with his incessant calls.”
To pant or breathe hard or with difficulty
“Both competitors would begin to blow hard after a grueling race.”
To perform a show or in a show
“I will do a couple of tours around Europe with the band, and then I will be done for the year.”
To make great demands on the capacity or resources of
“Times of prosperity tended to increase the population, which would, at a certain indefinable point, begin to stretch available resources.”
To engage in physical activity to sustain or improve health and fitness
“I started to exercise several times per week and was able to see results almost immediately.”
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