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build a better mousetrap to invent or make a better product, esp. better than an old familiar one.
build a fire under (informal) to urge to action, speed, or the like.
build up to grow in size, amount, or intensity. [2 definitions]
buildup the act, instance, or process of increasing in amount, number, or strength; accumulation; increase; growth. [3 definitions]
jerry-build to build in a cheap, shoddy manner. [2 definitions]