do up(redirected from do something up brown)
1. To decorate or embellish someone or something, often for a particular occasion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "do" and "up." My little niece was all done up for Christmas in a frilly red dress. I did the room up with crepe paper and balloons for the birthday party.
2. To fasten or close something, as on an item of clothing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "do" and "up." Can you please do up the zipper on the back of my dress?
3. To wrap something, such as a package. A noun or pronoun can be used between "do" and "up." I did up the present in silver wrapping paper and a big bow.
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do someone or something up
to make someone or something attractive; to decorate or ornament someone or something. Sally did Jane up for the party. Would you do up this present for Jane? It's her birthday.
do something up
1. . to fasten, zip, hook, or button some item of clothing. Would you do my buttons up in back? Please do up my buttons.
2. to wrap up something, such as a package, gift, etc. I have to do this present up before the party guests get here. Do up the presents quickly. They are coming up the walk.
3. to arrange, fix, repair, cook, clean, etc., something. I have to do the kitchen up before the guests get here. Do up the kitchen now, please.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Fasten up or put up; also, dress up. For example, Let's do up all the gifts in matching paper, or Please help me do up the collar button, or Jane did up her hair for the dance, or The children were all done up in their best outfits. [c. 1800]
2. do something up brown or do it up brown . Do something thoroughly or very well, as in They really did it up brown for the dinner party. The allusion here is unclear, but it may be to wrapping a package in brown paper. [Mid-1800s]
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.
1. To adorn or dress someone or something lavishly: I did the kids up in Halloween costumes for the party. Let's do up the living room with some new paint. The children were all done up in matching outfits.
2. To wrap and tie something, such as a package: She did up the birthday presents in beautiful bows and ribbons. I took all the packages to the post office, did them up with twine, and sent them right away.
3. To fasten completely some item or part of clothing: She did up the buttons on her dress and put on her shoes. He did his trousers up and left the changing room.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.