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clean up nice(ly)

To appear presentable after grooming oneself. This is a set phrase used to compliment one's appearance. However, because it implies that one was previously dirty or unattractive, it can be received as an insult or backhanded compliment. Did you see Owen in his suit and tie? He sure cleans up nice! All I said was that she cleans up nicely, and she got mad at me!
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do nicely

1. To progress or advance well or satisfactorily. Our fundraiser is doing very nicely—we're already halfway to our goal.
2. To be adequate or sufficient. No, don't edit it again—this version will do nicely.
See also: nicely

dovetail with (something)

1. Literally, to fit together with another piece through the use of a dovetail joint. A: "I think that part of the table is supposed to dovetail with this one." B: "No, it doesn't fit."
2. To go along nicely with something. Well, if my schedule ends up dovetailing with yours, maybe we can meet up for lunch after all.
See also: dovetail
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do ˈnicely

1 (usually used in progressive tenses) be making good progress: Her business is doing very nicely.
2 be satisfactory: Tomorrow at ten will do nicely (= will be a good time).
See also: nicely
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