To beef up = Strengthen
In the winter we should beef up our bodies to protect against the flu.
Jump-start = To start quickly
The Americans are now trying to jump-start their economy.
Ebb = To decline
The economic situation is now ebbing.
To mellow = To mature with age
When I was younger I had a short temper but now I've mellowed with age.
In the spotlight = To be the center of attention
Now, economic news is in the media spotlight.
To freak out = To become very upset
Recently everyone is freaking out over the economy.
To do a double take = To look twice in surprise
When I see some of the tattoos on women I do a double take.
To raise the bar = To improve, to get better or to make better
After many years of training I am still trying to raise the bar.
To draw down = To make smaller, fewer
Soon the American's will draw down the forces in Iraq.
Peppy = Energetic
After a good night's sleep I always feel peppy in the morning.