dressed to kill


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dressed to kill

Very well-dressed and fashionable, typically in an attempt to impress other people. I have to be dressed to kill at this event tonight—a lot of important people will be there.
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dressed to kill

 and dressed (up) fit to kill
Fig. dressed in fancy or stylish clothes. (See also dressed (up) fit to kill.) Wow, look at Sally! She's really dressed to kill. A person doesn't go on vacation dressed to kill. When Joe came to pick Mary up for the movie, he was dressed up fit to kill and carrying a dozen roses.
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dressed to kill

Also, dressed to the nines. Elaborately attired, as in For the opening of the restaurant she was dressed to kill, or At the opera everyone was dressed to the nines. The first of these hyperbolic expressions dates from the early 1800s and uses kill in the sense of "to a great or impressive degree." The phrase to the nines in the sense of "superlative" dates from the late 1700s and its original meaning has been lost, but the most likely theory is that it alludes to the fact that nine, the highest single-digit numeral, stands for "best." Also see gussied up.
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dressed to kill

If someone, especially a woman, is dressed to kill, they are wearing very smart or attractive clothes which are intended to attract attention and impress people. She watched his plane come into Mascot airport, dressed to kill, her hand shielding her eyes.
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dressed to kill

wearing attractive and flamboyant clothes in order to make a striking impression.
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dressed to ˈkill

(informal) (especially of a woman) wearing your best clothes, especially clothes that attract attention: She went to the party dressed to kill.
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dressed to kill

mod. dressed in fancy or stylish clothes to impress someone. I’m never dressed to kill. I just try to be neat.
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If you believe, as many do, that De Palma's style in Carrie, The Fury, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out is self-indulgent, overbearing and inhuman, then this movie will probably look like a sign of maturity, maybe even the best work he's ever done.
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DIG THE SUIT: Left, Thornaby Community School pupils, from left, Shaun, Adam, James, Russel and James; CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Jenny, Josh, Tasha, Adam, Laura, Amanda, Gav, Abbie, Rianna and Paul; SHARP DRESSERS: Left, Andrew, Shaun, Paul, Andrew, James and Adam; DRESSED TO KILL: Above, from left, Liam, Sophie, Robyn, James, Andrew and Paul; LIMO: Shaun, Danny, James, Becki, Emma, Shaun, Andrew, Paul, Michael and Adam; GLAMOUR: Jenny, Tasha, Christina, Amanda, Lauren, Kerry and Chelsea
The family have lived in Hightown for nearly 30 years, where Debby set up her designer dress agency Dressed To Kill.
ACTRESS Jennifer Ellison looks dressed to kill - but she plays a real killer for her return to British TV screens.
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Besides Hopkins, British names on the list include Michael Caine for his performance as Dr Robert Elliott in Dressed To Kill, andRichard Attenborough for his role as John Christie in 10 Rillington Place.
He has done the museum cruising scene from Dressed to Kill twice, setting it once in Euro Disney and once in the Kunstmuseum Wiesbaden.
DRESSED TO KILL: Dean Wilcock and Amanda Kitchener at the Blandford Drive street party (above) and (below) also having fun are (back, left to right) Susan Welch, Lynne Robotton, Jeff Robotton, Karen Wilson, Amanda Kitchener and Gil Robotton and (front, l-r) Mark Welch, Jordan Kitchener and Dean Wilcock
"Only success makes confidence and only confidence" is handsome, tall, well-spoken, dressed to kill. Your Strength was in your look: illusory.
Kiss GB is a "supergroup" formed two years ago by Ash Brookes, co-founder and still very much the "Paul Stanley" of the world's longest-running tribute to Kiss - Dressed to Kill; and also featuring members of the Van Halen tribute, Eruption, and of the Led Zeppelin tribute Mothership.
The 68-year-old singer has rescheduled two Dressed To Kill concerts, but the rest of the tour is expected to remain the same.
In "Dressed to Kill," Beckett hesitated when Castle asked if it is okay to move-up the wedding date from fall to spring.
The normally soured-faced star dressed to kill in a stunning Mendel dress slashed to the thigh as she took to the red carpet with co-star and boyfriend Robert Pattinson.