spruce up

Definitions

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

In literature:

This opening was concealed by a little cluster of young spruce that had sprung up in the fallen earth.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
He walked furtively up the back way between high, screening hedges of spruce.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
We took the liberty of looking over your spruce grove on our way up here.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
Spruce up an' tell 'em like-ez-how this air goin' to be a double trick!
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
And we used to think him such a sprucely-got-up man.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Sprucing up, so as to look his very best, William Philander strode into the drug store.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
He would like time to spruce up a bit and get supper.
"'Laramie;'" by Charles King
Up to 1825 there is scarcely any mention of Spruce lumber as an article of export.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
Spruce, allow me to help you up.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Why don't you spruce up a bit?
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
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In poetry:

While the wine gets cool in yonder pool,
Let's spruce up nice and tidy;
Who knows, old boy,
But we may decoy
The fair but furtive Lyde?
"To Quintus Hirpinus" by Eugene Field
Maybe it's not catalpa? Dreadful doubt.
It may be weeks before you see an elm
Fanlike in form, a spruce that pyramids,
A sweetgum spiring up in steeple shape.
"Learning the Trees" by Howard Nemerov
Did you ever meet Miss Pixie of the Spruces,
Did you ever glimpse her mocking elfin face,
Did you ever hear her calling while the whip-poor-wills were calling,
And slipped your pack and taken up the chase?
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts
I hardly think with flippancies that I would be imbued,
The new club woman and her fad, I know I would elude;
Nor should my person be spruced up with dress immaculate;
A whole big million I don't think my old pate would inflate.
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Want to spruce up your place but aren't sure where to start.
Spruced up chicken salad makes elegant summer meal.
Looking to save space and help spruce up the look of that plasma on your bare wall.
N.Y.'s City Center to reopen after $56 million spruce-up.
Color Care Across America helps to spruce up Albany.
A national program is making a stop in Albany to help spruce up a local transitional house.
It is part of a sprucing up of the exterior of the library as the town takes over the property.
They are almost finished sprucing up the 46-year-old Holiday Inn in Woodland Hills, which will soon be welcoming guests as a Courtyard by Marriott.
The old Tastee Treat Drive-In in Broken Arrow recently underwent a bit of a sprucing up - new paint, new flooring, etc.
Enter to win our Spruce up your Spring Giveaway.
Spruce up your dormant landscaping.
But inside the building, two young women are sprucing things up.
Spruce needle rust sprouts up.
Spruce up your surfaces.
What began as an effort by a group of friends to spruce up a few neglected properties has turned into a communitywide project to help make Sac City more beautiful.
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