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gussied up

Dressed or decorated fancifully or attractively, especially in a showy, garish, or tawdry manner. You sure got gussied up for the occasion! A tuxedo and everything! Samantha's always going around town all gussied up in those tacky dresses and cheap makeup.
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gussy up

1. To improve one's appearance, as by wearing fancy clothing and/or make-up. In this usage, a noun, pronoun, or reflexive pronoun can be used between "gussy" and "up." Why are you all gussied up? Is your boyfriend coming to visit today? I need to gussy myself up for the big event tonight.
2. To add something to something to make it fancier or more appealing. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "gussy" and "up." This room is so plain. How can we gussy it up for the big event?
See also: 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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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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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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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

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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GUSSY UP THE EASTER TABLE: To brighten and decorate your holiday table, order a set of a dozen brilliantly colored porcelain eggs.
To gussy up the cake, whip up an easy chocolate glaze in the microwave.
Pat's mood and gussy up dessert, cookie and candy plates - or just fill the candy jar with them.
Just as you might dress up a basic black dress with a strand of pearls, you can gussy up a garden with a few accessories.
Shoes can gussy up a drab dress, identify one's social status, lift the spirits and - with a tall enough heel - create a taller and leaner body.
You can also add things like Green Tangy Avocado Salsa, Smoky Sicilian Salsa or Red Sweet Pepper Relish to gussy up grilled chicken and steaks.
Gussy up the cookies immediately after frosting with assorted candies (such as M&Ms, Red Hots, jellied hearts).
To gussy up the baked casserole, sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon or cinnamon-sugar.
Cooked in the slow cooker, you end up with a lot of delicious, apricot-colored sauce to gussy up the chicken breasts.
Keep sweetened whipped cream in a pressurized container in the fridge to gussy up even the plainest fruit finale on the spur of the moment.