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put on the ritz
To behave extravagantly, lavishly, or self-importantly; to make an ostentatious production or appearance. My wife always feels like she has to put on the ritz whenever my parents come to visit. During the economic boom, you had people from all walks of life putting on the ritz. All that ended when the crash hit, though.
put on the RitzINFORMAL
If you put on the Ritz, you spend a lot of money to enjoy yourself in a grand way. Footballer Wayne Rooney really put on the Ritz as he treated fiancee Coleen McLoughlin to a romantic break in Paris. Note: This expression may come from the chain of expensive hotels called Ritz.
put on the Ritzmake a show of luxury or extravagance.
The hotels in Paris, London, and New York founded by the Swiss-born hotelier César Ritz ( 1850–1918 ) became synonymous with great luxury. This expression dates from the heyday of these grand hotels in the early 20th century.
put on the ritzverb
See put on the dog
putting on the Ritz
Acting in a pretentiously stylish and affluent manner. César Ritz, founder of the Hotel Ritz in Paris and Ritz Hotel in London, lent his name to these and other highly fashionable institutions. To behave as if you belonged in such opulent settings and demand that you be treated as if you did would lead to being accused of “putting on the Ritz” or simply being “ritzy.” The phrase is best known as the title of a 1929 Irving Berlin song that has been performed by, among other, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, and Peter Boyle (as the monster in Mel Brooks' movie Young Frankenstein). A similar expression is “putting on the dog,” coming perhaps from high collars and jeweled chokers known as “dogs.”