gussied up

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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Julian, a guest at her South of France house, said: "She was gussied up in hat, scarf and sunglasses.
He said: "She was in the pool on one of those inflatable armchairs, all gussied up in hat, scarf and sunglasses.
Julian explained: "She was on one of those inflatable armchairs, all gussied up in hat, scarf and sunglasses.
Roy Avila, executive chef of YachtSea Grille in Bradenton, shares his personal recipe for guaca-mole--though he admits it's gussied up a bit from traditional guac: "'Authentic' [guacamole] is a lot simpler," he says.
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A playful riff on Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, gussied up with split-screen gimmickry.
Owner Leslie Rudd has gussied up the place with an espresso and ice cream pick-up window, and kept the locally produced goodies like chocolates, honey, jams, and a rainbow of produce from the market's own farmer, Omar Morgan.
Call it 'creation science' or 'intelligent design' if you like, but it's still the same old fundamentalist Christian doctrine gussied up as science to try to slip it into biology classrooms.
It's not uncommon for the royals to be gussied up, but here's a recap of their outfits from the Diamond Jubilee in photos.
Looking through old mugshots and crime scenes, Bennett and his partners Felix Chan and Arran Russell were impressed by how gussied up the guys looked.
Then it's dressed and gussied up like it's headed for the zombie town fair, so the mourners can file past to pray and secretly gape while making the sign of the cross.
Perhaps it's a Welsh man thing, this desire not to dress a proposal up in hearts and flowers, like wanting your lamb shoulder joint roasted plain and simple, not gussied up with garlic and rosemary and goodness knows whatever else Continental nonsense.
While the piece is well crafted and gussied up with some rather pretty music, it is far from memorable.
Gribbens was bought out last year by a Kitchener-based farm equipment dealer, renamed and gussied up.
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.