vamp up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vamp up piece (something old) with a new part "vamp up an old speech"
    • v vamp up make up "vamp up an excuse for not attending the meeting"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vamp up to patch up, to improvise, to cook up
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of Fr. avant-pied, the forepart of the foot—avant, before, pied—L. pes, pedis, foot.

Usage

In literature:

Second one vamped up for the occasion.
"The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The flow of water was in my ears, and in my eyes a hazy spreading, and upon my brain a closure, as a cobbler sews a vamp up.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
An old square new vamped up!
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
Your critic states, to begin with, that I make desperate attempts to 'vamp up' a moral in my story.
"Miscellanies" by Oscar Wilde
I'm not vamping up excuses, Aruna.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
He has only vamped up this story to frighten my heroic father, and between you and me it is not difficult to do.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
Only yesterday I saw one of our toughest ponies vamping up the aisle of Mess Hall No.
"Biltmore Oswald" by J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
The flow of water was in my ears, and in my eyes a hazy spreading, and upon my brain a closure, as a cobbler sews a vamp up.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
As a matter of fact, I've always had Mirabelle sized up as a near-vamp who had worked up the act to boost sales and cinch her job.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
I do detest these old names vamped up.
"Diary in America, Series One" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
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In news:

Colorado's Grande Dame Vamps Up with a Revamp.
At times winningly dopey but still easily forgotten, Amy Heckerling's undead-BFFs comedy Vamps sends up our pop cultural fascination with bloodsucking but is itself a bit stiff with rigor mortis.
Reviews Vamp It Up, Ornithopter -Style.
" For most Americans her Oscar-winning performance as the vamping, song-belting Velma Kelly in "Chicago" was a revelation, but in fact she grew up in the musi...
Twilight stars vamp it up in London.
Kristen Stewart certainly knows how to vamp up a red carpet.
University of Georgia to vamp up tailgate cleanup.
Reviews Vamp It Up, Ornithopter-Style.
Dan Klores Ups Ante in Sag Harbor For Over $4 M. Plus, Anne Rice's West Side Vamp: 'I Vant to Sell my $2 M. Public-relations guru Dan Klores is switching Hamptons.
Aging silent-movie vamp Gloria Swanson takes up with William Holden, a two-bit screenwriter on the make, and virtually holds him captive in her Hollywood gothic mansion.
How Amanda Seyfried and the director of 'Twilight' vamped up a fusty old fairy tale.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart vamped up for life beyond the media glare .
The successors to the search-engine standard line up, boast revolutionary features and vamped-up security.
Since it's Halloween and all, we consulted relationship expert Ian Kerner, PhD, author of She Comes First for tips on how to heat things up, vamp-style.
Vampire Vixens In 1996, Salma Hayek vamped it up in "From Dust Till Dawn".
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