smarten up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v smarten up dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion "He spruced up for the party"
    • v smarten up make neat, smart, or trim "Spruce up your house for Spring","titivate the child"
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Usage

In literature:

Antiquity has a charm of its own, and to smarten it up would only damage it.
"A Tramp Abroad, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
You must have had a long job then; no wonder you've got such good clothes and look so smartened up like.
"Robbery Under Arms" by Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
She smartened him up also in his personal appearance, always without preaching to him.
"The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler
But it was impossible to smarten oneself up or move to another place, because of the crowd.
"War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
But I must smarten myself up before I take up my new post, for I am really like a tramp.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Little woman, if I come again, shall I too come smartened up a bit?
"Minna von Barnhelm" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
She had lately smartened it up a bit with some white braid, and she hoped he would approve.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 29. August, 1873." by Various
I must send Tommy the Mate to smarten it up a bit.
"The Woman Thou Gavest Me" by Hall Caine
In that moment she made plans for cutting her Briley's hair, and making him look smartened-up and ambitious.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
But he kept his own counsel, and only waited till he had smartened himself up, before he sought an audience of the king.
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
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In news:

To give Duplicity its due, Tony Gilroy's romantic caper goes against the Hollywood grain by smartening itself up instead of dumbing itself down.
Sunset Uses Savant and the iPad to Smarten Up This Show House.
Think Tech 4 Ways to Smarten up Your Car.
Locals need to smarten up.
Free Penmanship Print Font Helps Kids Smarten Up Their Handwriting.
Free Penmanship Print Font Helps Kids Smarten Up Their Handwriting .
Sew this nostalgic schoolhouse hanging craft to smarten up your wall decor.
Sew this nostalgic schoolhouse hanging craft to smarten up your wall decor.
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