gussy up


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gussy up

(ˈɡʌsɪ)
vb (tr, adverb) , -sies, -sying or -sied
slang chiefly US to give (a person or thing) a smarter or more interesting appearance
[C20: probably from the name Gussie, diminutive of Augusta]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.gussy up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractivegussy up - put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive; "She never dresses up, even when she goes to the opera"; "The young girls were all fancied up for the party"
primp, preen, dress, plume - dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when going to the opera"
prank - dress up showily; "He pranked himself out in his best clothes"
tart up - dress up in a cheap and provocative way
dress, dress up - dress in a certain manner; "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion"; "he dressed up in a suit and tie"
enrobe - adorn with a robe
dizen, bedizen - dress up garishly and tastelessly
dress, get dressed - put on clothes; "we had to dress quickly"; "dress the patient"; "Can the child dress by herself?"
costume, dress up - dress in a costume; "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"
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Woolf gave it a bit of a gussy up, and lived there with his partner, Robert Koch Woolf until the mid-1970s.
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The solution from American director and choreographer Patti Columbo, the artistic force behind this new touring production, is to gussy up the famous dance numbers and throw in toned torsos and rippling six-packs.
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Indeed, the Port Authority is aiming to bring in high-end new tenants such as Wholesale Foods and Target and existing tenants will be expected to gussy up to keep in line.