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"
References in periodicals archive ?
If you keep a medley of flavors stashed in your freezer, you can gussy up a wide range of foods in a flash.
GUSSY UP THE EASTER TABLE: To brighten and decorate your holiday table, order a set of a dozen brilliantly colored porcelain eggs.
To gussy up the cake, whip up an easy chocolate glaze in the microwave.
Pat's mood and gussy up dessert, cookie and candy plates - or just fill the candy jar with them.
Just as you might dress up a basic black dress with a strand of pearls, you can gussy up a garden with a few accessories.
Shoes can gussy up a drab dress, identify one's social status, lift the spirits and - with a tall enough heel - create a taller and leaner body.