dressed to the nines


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dressed to the nines

 and dressed to the teeth
Fig. dressed very stylishly with nothing overlooked. She showed up for the picnic dressed to the nines. Clare is usually dressed to the teeth in order to impress people.
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dressed to the nines

wearing very fashionable or expensive clothes The door opened to reveal a small woman, dressed to the nines for an evening of partying.
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dressed to the nines

and dressed to the teeth
mod. dressed very stylishly with nothing overlooked. (see also the whole nine yards for the nine.) She always goes out dressed to the nines. Clare is usually dressed to the teeth in order to impress people.
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dressed to the nines

Wearing fashionably elegant clothing. History fails to offer a definitive explanation for this phrase. Among those that have been advanced are emulating the Nine Worthies of the ancient world, the British Army's 99th Foot Regiment's smart uniform, the nine buttons on a medieval woman's gloves, and the nine muses. Whatever the real derivation, we can agree that “nine” has a special significance in the English language, as in “cloud nine” and “the whole nine yards.”
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Dressed to the nines in a tux, Gateshead-born John Wilson, the man to lead us on our cinematic journey, had entered to rapturous applause.
Dressed to the nines for a romantic dinner, the actor wore a checkered grey suit while his girlfriend donned an elegant burgundy silk dress.
The elaborate wedding ceremony and reception took place in her hubby's native Beirut , where a host of Arab celebs - including Lebanese actress and singer Cyrine Abdelnour - were dressed to the nines to celebrate Amel's big day.
GETTING dressed to the nines is the order of the day for a Tyneside charity's first ball.
My decision was solidified after a trip to Las Vegas where I saw a lot of women dressed to the nines walking barefoot on the 'icky' casino floors,"
Which given the nature of the celebrations at Epsom he looked joyous, yet nervous and perhaps a little out of place among the propah gentlemen dressed to the nines in tails and top hats.
When you're dressed to the nines my advice is straight from the 'orse's mouth, Don't lark about, have one eight over the or you might end up the spout It's a load of cobblers, I'm stony broke, it's a job to mek ends meet, Ill have to knuckle down and chance me arm, and hope I land on me feet.
We'd see team coaches leaving their hotels, players arriving at the stadium, dressed to the nines.
Any woman in the same position would have been dressed to the nines with full slap and killer heels or she'd have been slated.
This production is all about making the dreams of princesses come true - and with an audience of wide-eyed little girls dressed to the nines in princess costumes, that's exactly what it did
The wider festival calendar might be more concerned with the build up to Glastonbury on Friday but who wants to be wading about in wellies on a muddy farm when you could be dressed to the nines for the week-long series of classical events at the little rural idyll just outside Caerphilly?
But the other day I caught her (she didn't see me though) admiring herself in the mirror dressed to the nines in my evening suit, replete with a bow tie and a moustache pencilled under her hooter.
Uphill all the way, under the trees, past the three-cardmonte players and the pub you'll be visiting on the way home, with everyone dressed to the nines, whatever they are.
Diners dressed to the nines are seated on velvet couches and brocaded chairs scattered across dark wood-paneled floors.
Elsewhere in the city, a sadistic pair of serial killers is preying upon young women, raping them, and leaving their corpses posed dressed to the nines in status cars.