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  1. having many buildings (esp in the phrase built-up area)
  2. denoting a beam, girder, or stanchion constructed of sections welded, riveted, or bolted together, etc
  3. increased by the addition of parts   ⇒ built-up heels

Example Sentences Including 'built-up'

After 11 September 2001, the terrorist's preference for bringing death and destruction to built-up areas made many governments pause.
Spiked (2004)
Fighting in built-up areas was found to consume huge numbers of troops and slow advances considerably.
McInnes, Colin NATO's Changing Strategic Agenda
For most individuals, taking a day here or there isn't enough to fully relieve built-up stress.
Globe and Mail (2004)
He could ill-afford a gun battle in some built-up area, especially on Christmas Eve when there would be plenty of people on the streets.
MacNeill, Alastair Code Breaker
I've always been a bit iffy about fireworks, especially being used in built-up areas," she said today.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
She cried as though months of built-up anguish were all tumbling out at once.
Cecelia Ahern 2004 PS, I LOVE YOU (2004)
Some would like to penalise those who insist on driving through built-up areas in Range Rovers with "bull bars".
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The shoulders had the same built-up look she had seen on the riding jackets of the hunting women.
Pacter, Trudi Yellow Bird
What may be achievable on a vacant coalfield site will be heavily constrained in a built-up area.
Independent (1998)


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