dress for

dress for (someone or something)

1. To wear certain clothes in order to make someone else happy. I'm sorry, Mom, but I'm 25 years old—I can't dress for you anymore!
2. To wear clothing that is appropriate for a specific occasion or outcome (as in the phrase "dress for success"). You're dressed for a trip to the mall, not a formal event. Please go change. I dressed for success in a suit and tie, but I don't think the recruiter was very impressed with me.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dress for someone

to clothe oneself to please someone. I don't dress for you! Don't tell me how I should look! Sally says she dresses for her friends, but she really dresses for herself.
See also: dress, for

dress for something

to clothe oneself suitably for some occasion or activity, or for success. Finally, I learned to dress for success. I can wear my tuxedo if you want me to dress for the formal dinner.
See also: dress, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"My dear Percerin," said D'Artagnan, "you will make a dress for the baron.
Now rip that dress for Jenny to put in order, and I 'll toss you up a bonnet in less than no time," said Polly, determined to have things go smoothly, for she knew Fan's feelings had been a good deal tried lately, in many ways.
The mark never came out, and a stain was left on the dress for ever.
We were all waiting in the orchard for the Story Girl who had not begun to dress for church until Cecily and Felicity were ready.
Do you think she'd be offended if we offered to lend her a dress for Thursday?" asked another voice.
Dress for success and you will feel the drive, desire and confidence to succeed.
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