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spiff

 (spĭf) Informal
tr.v. spiffed, spiff·ing, spiffs
To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: spiffed up the old storefront.
n.
Attractiveness or charm in appearance, dress, or manners: "He may need more than spiff to get him through the bad patches ahead" (James Wolcott).

[Possibly from dialectal spiff, well-dressed.]

spiff

(spɪf)
n
(Commerce) a commission for the selling of dated merchandise
vb (tr)
(Commerce) to give a commission on

spiff

(spɪf)
vb (tr)
to make smart or spruce up

spiff

(spɪf)

v.t. Informal.
to make spiffy (usu. fol. by up): Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiff - attractiveness in appearance or dress or manner; "he gets by largely on pure spiff"
attractiveness - sexual allure
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