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freshen up

1. To improve one's appearance, typically by making quick changes to one's makeup, clothing, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "freshen" and "up." Can you excuse me for a moment? I'd like to freshen up before dinner.
2. To improve the appearance of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "freshen" and "up." I think that a new coat of paint will freshen this room right up.
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freshen someone or something up

to revive or restore the appearance or vitality of someone or something. What can we do to freshen this room up? A cold shower freshened up the runner.
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freshen up

to get cleaned up, rested up, or restored. I need a few minutes to freshen up before dinner.
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freshen up

v.
1. To clean oneself, rearrange one's clothing, or reapply makeup: I went upstairs to freshen up quickly before we left for the party.
2. To rearrange or renew something in order to make it more attractive or comfortable: Putting new pillows on the couch really freshened the room up. I freshened up the apartment by making new curtains.
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Freshen up: If you notice a fishy smell on your breath, see your GP who can arrange a kidney function test.
The recently relaunched breath freshener has two parts--a vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free capsule with organic oils that promises to freshen breath from within, and a mint for instant fresh breath while the capsule does its work, the company says.
Benty had the sniffles in the week, he missed a couple of days, and I felt it seemed an ideal time to freshen things up.
Try Trevor Sorbie Professional Freshen and Shine Spray, 100ml, pounds 4.
I want to freshen this squad up and bring in hungry players.
THE THREE COMPONENTS CONSIST OF NUTRI DENT, A UNIQUELY-SHAPED TASTY BRUSH CHEW THAT CLEANS DOGS' TEETH, CHEW 'N FLOSS, WHICH CLEANS FOOD PARTICLES FROM HARD-TO-REACH PLACES, AND CHEW 'N FRESH, WHICH IS MADE WITH SPEARMINT AND EUCALYPTUS TO FRESHEN PETS' BREATH.
Brand Profile and Brand Penetration (2009): Black Forest, Brooklax, Dulcolax, Freshen, Hamburg Tea, Laxa-Dor, Puritone, Senokot, Surge and Super Tabs
Whether consumers are looking to freshen their breath after a meal or remove that filmy feeling after a cup of coffee, Colgate now offers the perfect portable, effective solution," a company spokesman says.
Heat-fighting essentials to keep handy in your handbag are blotting papers to soak up excess oil and shine and a face spritzer to freshen up your make-up and keep your skin hydrated.
We were always going to have to freshen things up a bit for this match and removing the familiarity of our base in Cardiff from the equation is a good starting point.
Freshen Up Trio combines the best breath-freshening flavors with sheer, shiny shades of lip gloss and come in flavors such as Peppermint, Cinnamon and Wintergreen.
ALCOHOL-FREE MOUTHWASH: Pro Health Rinse, a new mouthwash from Crest, promises to clean and freshen your mouth without alcohol, a common ingredient in oral hygiene products.
Conservators usually freshen up paintings with the equivalent of gentle scrubbing, often with chemical solvents.
Manager John Bunce said: "The new schedule will freshen up the clubs while revellers' favourite events will remain the same.
We've teamed up with Hotpoint and Persil Revive to offer five lucky readers a chance to freshen up with a Hotpoint Aquarius TDL30 tumble dryer and six months' supply of Persil Revive worth pounds 230.