put on the dog


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put on the dog

 and put on the ritz
to make things extra special or dress formally for a special event. Frank's really putting on the dog for the big party Friday night. They really put on the ritz for us.
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put on the dog

  (American & Australian informal)
to try to seem richer or more important than you really are They really put on the dog in front of their guests.
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put on the dog

Also, put on the ritz. Behave in an elegant, extravagant manner, as in We'll have to put on the dog when our daughter's in-laws visit, or They really put on the ritz for the wedding reception. The allusion in the first of these slangy terms, first recorded in 1865, is unclear, although it has been suggested that the newly rich displayed their wealth by keeping pampered lapdogs. The second term, from the 1920s, alludes to the large, luxurious hotels founded by and named for César Ritz (1850-1918), which still exist in Paris, London, and many other major cities.
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put on the dog

and put on the ritz
tv. to make things extra special for a special event. Frank’s really putting on the dog for the big party Friday night. We’re going out tonight, and we’re really gonna put on the ritz.
See also: dog, on, put

put on the dog

Informal
To make an ostentatious display of elegance, wealth, or culture.
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