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spruce someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to tidy up and groom someone or something. Laura's mother took a few minutes to spruce her daughter up for the party. She spruced up her room each day.
2. Fig. to refurbish or renew someone or something. Do you think we should spruce this room up a little? Yes, let's spruce up this room with new furniture and drapes.
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spruce up somebody/something

also spruce somebody/something up
to improve the appearance of someone or something She needed to spruce up her image so she bought tons of new clothes and got a great new hairstyle. The city has to spruce itself up for the Olympics next year.
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spruce up

Make neat and trim, as in She spruced up the chairs with new cushions. This idiom originated in the late 1500s as simply spruce but had acquired up by 1676.
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spruce up

v.
To make someone or something neat, elegant, and stylish in appearance: The new curtains will certainly spruce up this drab room. She spruced herself up and went out to dinner.
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We're thrilled to be able to help Tracie spruce up her home," said Debbie Zimmer, director, Dow Coatings' Paint Quality Institute.
We're thrilled to be able to help Joyce spruce up her home," said Debbie Zimmer, director, Dow Coating Materials' Paint Quality Institute.
We're thrilled to be able to help these finalists spruce up their homes," said Debbie Zimmer, director, Dow Coating Materials' Paint Quality Institute.
entered the contest, submitting photos of their homes and written entries explaining why they deserve a spruce up.
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To enter the $pruce Up Your Home contest, consumers upload a photo of their home and explain in 200 words or less why it needs a spruce up.
Arlington Heights - Nicor employees will help spruce up the grounds of The Wright House, temporary housing for families that were formerly homeless.
Using existing pictures and the Kodak Picture Maker, Gorder offers easy, stylish and inexpensive ways to spruce up the home for the holidays for less than $100.