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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Julian explained: "She was on one of those inflatable armchairs, all gussied up in hat, scarf and sunglasses.
He said: "She was in the pool on one of those inflatable armchairs, all gussied up in hat, scarf and sunglasses.
From "all gussied up" to "zoot suit", each entry offers plain, no-nonsense information about the history and usage of each phrase (or the best known theories of the phrase's origin).
She is so adorable, in her little camouflaged nest all gussied up with lace and yarn.
To see the children all gussied up in their finery--beautiful white dresses for the girls, natty black suits for the boys--sets my heart to sinking.
Many acoustic guitar recordings of original compositions sound like old folk licks all gussied up, but this set by Peter Finger sounds fresh and original, as if the guitar just happens to be his instrument.