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*(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.
References in classic literature ?
And forgetting her hate and contempt for dolls, down sat Fanny, soon getting as much absorbed as either of the others.
One of the life-size dolls stood immediately overshadowing the blood stain, summoned, perhaps, by the slain man an instant before he fell.
Of course I was delighted with this present," continued Miss Cuttenclip, "and at once set to work and made several paper dolls, which, as soon as they were cut out, began to walk around and talk to me.
Glinda keeps all the rain storms away; so I never worry about my dolls getting wet.
In one place a large group of especially nice paper dolls assembled to greet their Queen, whom it was easy to see they loved early.
The paper dolls were mowed down by dozens, and flew and fluttered in wild confusion in every direction, tumbling this way and that and getting more or less wrinkled and bent.
And I had no idea it took so little to upset these paper dolls.
Miss Cuttenclip herself led them to the door in the wall, and as they passed along the street the paper dolls peeped at them half fearfully from the doors and windows.
In the faint light and silence, the imperturbably calm dolls, the agitated rocking-horses with distended eyes and nostrils, the old gentlemen at the street-doors, standing half doubled up upon their failing knees and ankles, the wry-faced nut-crackers, the very Beasts upon their way into the Ark, in twos, like a Boarding School out walking, might have been imagined to be stricken motionless with fantastic wonder, at Dot being false, or Tackleton beloved, under any combination of circumstances.
Two separate products are set to be launched: An individual Princess Catherine Doll and a box set containing the Princess Catherine Doll and the Prince William Doll as a couple.
The 77-year old mechanical engineer, who has been engaged in the art of making dolls, has won many a hearts with his variety of work.
Even before she was born, I had a doll and she loves that doll.
He filmed a seven-week road trip across America from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada, to San Diego, meeting other doll owners for his own documentary.
Each doll has become known for their amazing hand-painted facial features, sparkling eyes, and lush wigs and eyelashes.
This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Toys and Games in US$ Million by the following Product Types: Games and Puzzles, Infant and Preschool, Activity and Construction Toys, Dolls and Action Figures, Vehicle Toys and Ride-Ons, Soft/Plush Toys, and Other Toys and Games.