gussy up


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gussy someone or something up

Rur. to dress someone or something up; to make someone or something fancy. She gussied the kids up for the wedding. See if you can gussy up this room a little before folks get here.
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gussy up

v. Slang
1. To dress someone in special or fancy clothes. Used chiefly in the passive or with a reflexive: We were gussied up in ball gowns. I gussied myself up for the party.
2. To add embellishing details to something in order to make it more attractive: The chef gussied up the meat loaf with a truffle sauce. The decorators gussied the room up for the ceremony.
See also: up
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Definitely a time-saver, use the glaze to baste vegetables, fish, meats or poultry on the grill or to drizzle atop already cooked meat, poultry or fish or gussy up plates.
Be sure to garnish the top with chocolate cake or cookie crumbs to resemble dirt, then sprinkle with assorted colored candy gummy worms and gussy up by planting a bunch of colorful silk flowers in the center.
To gussy up sundaes, use sauces such as hot fudge, caramel, pineapple, berry or other fruits, butterscotch or dulce de leche.
Gussy up the back yard or garden with plants and flowers and perhaps a gazebo or an arched trellis, enhancements you can enjoy later.
Painting is invoked by Beecroft and her apologists to gussy up what is really lame performance, which succeeds because it's one night only, so most people never see it.
Among the easiest ways to gussy up a home: ``paint, paint, and more paint,'' said Dina Morgan, department chair for interior design at The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Certainly owning a home, or consistently renting an apartment in the same location for a decade, can also gussy up your credit history.