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smarten up

to get smarter; to become more alert and knowing. You had better smarten up if you want to survive around here. I knew he would smarten up sooner or later.
See also: up

smarten up

v.
1. To improve someone or something in appearance or stylishness: You can smarten up a dull sweater with a fashionable pin. The designer took my original idea for the greeting card and smartened it up.
2. To improve someone's appearance or stylishness: I think this colorful new hat will smarten you up! Please try to smarten yourself up before we get to the party.
3. To improve in appearance or stylishness: I had to smarten up when I moved to the city, so I bought a new suit.
4. To make someone more aware, informed, or sophisticated: I had to smarten up my young cousins about money management. The experiences they had when buying their first home smartened them up.
5. To become more aware, informed, or sophisticated: We smartened up after we had been scammed by the salesperson, and never went back to that store again.
See also: up
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VOLUNTEERS are needed in a bid to smarten up a neighbourhood.
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VOLUNTEERS are needed to help smarten up a Coventry community centre with a lick of paint.
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A PUSH for a rapid bus connection to New Street station and plans to smarten up closed-down venues are on the agenda for the second phase of the Business Improvement District in Broad Street.
A jacket like this, pounds 65 from Wallis, will smarten up many items you already own.
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