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spruce up

(adverb) to make (oneself, a person, or thing) smart and neat
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Verb1.spruce up - make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child"
beautify, fancify, prettify, embellish - make more beautiful
2.spruce up - dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion; "He spruced up for the party"
neaten, groom - care for one's external appearance; "He is always well-groomed"
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vt sep childherausputzen; house, gardenauf Vordermann bringen (inf); imageaufpolieren; to spruce oneself up (in general) → sein Äußeres pflegen; (= get dressed up)sich in Schale werfen; (woman) → sich schönmachen; he looks much better now that he has spruced himself upso gepflegt sieht er wesentlich besser aus; all spruced up (children, men)geschniegelt und gestriegelt; (women)schön zurechtgemacht; (house)auf Hochglanz
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(spruːs) noun
a tree with leaves like needles that grows in northern regions.
spruce up
to make oneself or somebody else smarter. I'll go and spruce up before going out.
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The work started in July 2016.Workers spruce up Dongo Kundu bypass on May 28, 2018 before it is opened for public use.