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smarten up

to get smarter; to become more alert and knowing. You had better smarten up if you want to survive around here. I knew he would smarten up sooner or later.
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smarten up

v.
1. To improve someone or something in appearance or stylishness: You can smarten up a dull sweater with a fashionable pin. The designer took my original idea for the greeting card and smartened it up.
2. To improve someone's appearance or stylishness: I think this colorful new hat will smarten you up! Please try to smarten yourself up before we get to the party.
3. To improve in appearance or stylishness: I had to smarten up when I moved to the city, so I bought a new suit.
4. To make someone more aware, informed, or sophisticated: I had to smarten up my young cousins about money management. The experiences they had when buying their first home smartened them up.
5. To become more aware, informed, or sophisticated: We smartened up after we had been scammed by the salesperson, and never went back to that store again.
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This is an idea that will smarten them up and keep them warm in the cold months.
A Scots school has told its scruffy pupils to smarten up their ideas.
A key executive with Smarten Software, a leader in the development of wireless and data billing products for telecommunication service providers, has been selected to chair IIR's Mobile Billing Conference, being held next week in Denver, Colorado, August 27-28.
It has already been tapping into a trend for young men wanting to smarten up - inspired by TV presenters such as Dermot O'Leary and Ant and Dec.
The scruffy star is going to cut off his mane of untamed hair and smarten up to impress studio bosses.
A PUSH for a rapid bus connection to New Street station and plans to smarten up closed-down venues are on the agenda for the second phase of the Business Improvement District in Broad Street.
Liverpool Land Development Company and national regeneration agency English Partnerships are leading the pounds 350m Edge Lane Project which they claim will smarten up Liverpool's image.
DCC's enviromental staff need to visit and warn these businesses to smarten up or be fined instead of playing with bits of paper all day.
SMARTEN up old fencing with coloured wood-preservative.
Black cab drivers in Birmingham are split over whether they should smarten up their appearance.