dress up

Definitions

  • Dressing up
    Dressing up
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dress 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"
    • v dress up dress in a certain manner "She dresses in the latest Paris fashion","he dressed up in a suit and tie"
    • v dress up dress in a costume "We dressed up for Halloween as pumpkins"
    • v dress up make something appear superficially attractive "The researcher tried to dress up the uninteresting data","Don't try to dress up the unpleasant truth"
    • v dress up put a caparison on "caparison the horses for the festive occasion"
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Quotations

  • Epitaph
    Epitaph
    “Here lies an Atheist: All Dressed Up and No Place to Go.”
  • James Duffecy
    James Duffecy
    “A dead atheist is someone who is all dressed up with no place to go.”
  • John Weitz
    John Weitz
    “When a woman dresses up for an occasion, the man should become the black velvet pillow for the jewel.”
  • Edward Blishen
    Edward Blishen
    “Education is not a discipline at all. Half vocational, half an emptiness dressed up in garments borrowed from philosophy, psychology, literature.”
  • Timothy Leary
    Timothy Leary
    “We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.”
  • Frank Zappa
    Frank Zappa
    “No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.”

Idioms

All dressed up and nowhere to go - You're prepared for something that isn't going to happen.
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Usage

In literature:

When Lionel rode up to the door of the lodge, he found all the gentlemen of the house congregated there and dressed for dinner.
"Prince Fortunatus" by William Black
And until the dressing-gong sounded, a continuous teuf-teuf-teuf might have been heard as, one after another, the cars whizzed up to the door.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
Two of the girls were dressed up like real circus ladies, one in a pink, and the other in a blue dress, made from mosquito netting.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
Sometimes William made such a foolish fuss about being dressed up and performing in public.
"More William" by Richmal Crompton
Aunt Maria, to Maria's mind, was very much dressed-up that evening.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They are dressed up in the most splendid manner.
"Christmas Stories And Legends" by Various
I said then I knew she was a man dressed up.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I make a practice of that myself, to try to not dress up quite so ornamental as my company duz.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
Before the war started, I took my young master to get married, and we were certainly dressed up.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I was so proud of that dress and felt so dressed up in it, I just strutted!
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

In winter I get up at night,
And dress by an electric light.
In summer, autumn, ay, and spring,
I have to do the self-same thing.
"A New York Child's Garden Of Verses" by Franklin Pierce Adams
George eyed the girls; he dress'd up prim;
Nay, even the girls would smile at him.
The man who o'er twelve towns can trample
Is sure to have a choice most ample.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Once in thy secret close, now almost bare,
Peace yielded up her bountiful largess;
The dawn dropp'd sunshine thro' thy leafy dress;
The sunset bathed thy glade with beauty rare.
"Matthew Copse" by John William Streets
Leetle Lac Grenier, I see you now,
Onder de roof of spring
Ma canoe 's afloat, an' de robin sing,
De lily's beginnin' her summer dress,
An' trout 's wakin' up from hees long long res'.
"Leetle Lac Grenier" by William Henry Drummond
They dressed themselves up in their brothers' best clothes,
And looked very rakish as you may suppose,
In the joy of their hearts they chuckled with glee -
What fun if for robbers they taken should be .
"The Maids of the Mountains" by Anonymous Oceania
Nothing but drought and dearth, but bush and brake,
Which way soe're I look, I see.
Some may dream merrily, but when they wake,
They dresse themselves and come to thee.
O show thy self to me,
Or take me up to thee!
"Home" by George Herbert

In news:

The owner of online consignment shop Closet Rich turned to Goodsie when it was time to dress up for customers.
This is a tasty way to dress up cooked chicken breast.
Occupy Wall Street activists are getting attention by holding sit-ins and dressing up as zombies, but are they on message.
Dressed up with lettuce, cheese, onions, pickles, and.
He wanted to dress up for Halloween.
Dress up your curtains with this easy-to-make trimmed felt tieback .
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov Mitch Daniels and his wife will be dressing up as 1970s pop stars Sonny and Cher while handing out candy to trick-or-treaters at the governor's residence.
Like no dude, I know what I'm doing tonight, dressing up and pranking fast food employees.
Retailers get creative to dress up their Halloween sales.
Oriental Trading Company launches an iPad app to dress up Halloween sales.
It's now very easy to dress up this Halloween as Rubber Man from 'American Horror Story.
I'm a little on the fence on the question of dressing up for church.
Way to dress up a side dish with red potatoes.
Time to dress up your holiday bubbly.
8 Fun Ways to Dress Up Your Jeans.
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In science:

Since dressing by hL,α and U hL,αU −1 give the same surface up to isometry and conformal coordinate change, we may choose without loss of generality the line L = [1 : 0].
Bubbletons are not embedded
Studying ionization with and without shake-up may serve as benchmark for the interplay between mean-field, correlation, and field dressing effects.
Attosecond streaking of correlated two-electron transitions in helium
The requirement that the potential W has an isolated singularity only at the origin finally determines n = 1 and hence we have derived with the trivialized theory (24) the potential (23) dressed up with a trivial factor.
Novel Flows beteen N=2 Landau-Ginzburg Theories: New Directions in Moduli Space via c=0 Theories
In our case, things are dressed up with trees but as (2.26) shows this amounts to just replacing Laplace transform variables by their square roots.
Random Matrices and Random Permutations
Namely, the method is to introduce time parameters, in an artificial way, and to dress up a certain matrix integral with a vertex integral operator, for which we find Virasoro-like differential equations; for a state of the art survey of these methods, see .
The spectrum of coupled random matrices
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