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gussied up

Rur. dressed up fancy. All the girls got gussied up for the dance, but the guys wore their regular clothes. Mary really got gussied up. She even curled her hair.
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gussied up

Also, all gussied up. Dressed up, as in Dana loves to get all gussied up and go to a fine restaurant. The origin of this expression is not clear, though possibly it relates to the earlier use of the noun gussie (derived from a proper name) for an effeminate man. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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gussied up

(ˈgəsid...)
mod. dressed up in one’s best clothing. (Folksy.) I like to get gussied up and go out on the town.
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While the piece is well crafted and gussied up with some rather pretty music, it is far from memorable.
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Peter was gussied up with a jewel-encrusted cover over its papal tiara--the three-tiered imperial crown that had been discarded by Pope Paul VI as too triumphant.
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I'm the girl who always had pretty much stock guns, never gussied anything up, never felt a need for anything customized or 'specially mine.
One of the tropes of New Journalism was itself the attachment of the word "New" on some phenomenon or personality that had gussied itself up with fern plants or sideburns or a listener-friendly vocabulary, and thus had changed sufficiently enough to warrant a fresh article in a stylish magazine or newspaper section: "The New Nixon," for example.
To see the children all gussied up in their finery--beautiful white dresses for the girls, natty black suits for the boys--sets my heart to sinking.
Stephanie and Vicki gussied up Abby; Yvonne and Tam worked on Rachel; and Nancy and Lannie decorated Virginia and Wendy as Kelly labored on Susan.
It's also easy to dismiss them, despite their authoritative beauty, as glamorous tourist entertainment gussied up for proscenium stages.
Later that afternoon, Haile is all gussied up in a fine blue suit, with a stiff white collar and a tie like a migraine headache.
And the only person brave enough to answer questions is reliable Michael Dunford, the deliverer -as ever -of extremely bad news gussied up as a uniq ue opportunity to go forward.
Out of the box and on the floor, perhaps gussied up with a red ribbon or bow, the caddies attract attention, something sorely needed in upstairs silver departments.
Many acoustic guitar recordings of original compositions sound like old folk licks all gussied up, but this set by Peter Finger sounds fresh and original, as if the guitar just happens to be his instrument.
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Is this gussied gossip from an ivy-covered, ebony soap opera?