"Ginned up"

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Tue Nov 14 15:35:38 UTC 2000

Paul wrote:

> I was asked recently about the first use of "ginned up" or "gin up", meaning
> "to engineer" or "to excite." The (RH)HDAS has the original "to liquor up"
> sense from the late 19th century, but the more modern senses only from 1973.

Is it used in the same contexts as "gen up" -- as in a network server?
I've always assumed that "gen" in this sense comes from "generate."
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at ra.msstate.edu)

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