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kewpie doll

A doll with rosy cheeks and big eyes that was often distributed as a prize (at carnivals, for instance) in the 20th century. Look, Mama, I won a kewpie doll playing that game over there!
See also: doll

*(all) dolled up

Fig. dressed up and well-groomed. (Usually used of females. *Typically: be ~; get ~.) I have to get all dolled up for the dance tonight.
See also: doll, up

dolled up

Also, all dolled up. Dressed or fixed up smartly and, often, ostentatiously, usually for a special occasion. For example, There's no need to get all dolled up-it's just a picnic, or They dolled up the classroom for parents' night. This expression alludes to a person or object being as attractive as a pretty doll. It is also put verbally, to doll up, as in I wanted to doll up my apartment before the guests arrived. [Colloquial; c. 1900] Also see gussied up.
See also: doll, up

rag doll

A limp, ineffectual person, as in You won't get a decision from her; she's a rag doll when it comes to making up her mind . This expression transfers the limpness of a soft doll made from scraps of cloth to human behavior. [Mid-1800s]
See also: doll, rag

doll up

v. Slang
1. To dress someone in fancy or ostentatious clothes, especially for a special occasion: The parents dolled up their child in sailor outfits. The costume designer dolled me up in 19th-century clothing. I got all dolled up for the big Halloween party.
2. To add embellishing details to something in order to make it more attractive: I dolled up the boring lecture by adding a lot of jokes. There wasn't much content in the manuscript, so the author had tried to doll it up with interesting stories.
See also: doll, up

Barbie doll

n. a pretty, giddy girl or woman. Ask that little Barbie doll if she wants a drink.
See also: doll


1. n. a pretty girl or woman. Who’s the doll I saw you with last night?
2. n. a pill. (Drugs. Usually plural.) Taking dolls is different from shooting up.