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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.
See also: up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: up

freshen up

to get cleaned up, rested up, or restored. I need a few minutes to freshen up before dinner.
See also: up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: up
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.
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