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spiff up

To make someone, something, or oneself appear more visually attractive, appealing, or fashionable. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "spiff" and "up." They spiffed up that ramshackle old building—it's so hip and modern looking now! Tommy and Sarah are going to help spiff me up a bit before my date.
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spiffed up

Made to look more attractive, fashionable, or appealing. I like how spiffed out this place looks since you guys took over. I like getting a little spiffed up for a night on the town.
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spiff something up

to polish and groom something very well; to make something clean and tidy. See if you can spiff this place up a little. I will spiff up the room a little.
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spiffed up

dressed up, groomed, and polished up nicely; clean and tidy. See if you can get yourself a little spiffed up before we go out to dinner. We wouldn't want the Wilmington-Thorpes to think you only have one suit. The house doesn't have to be too spiffed up for the Franklins. They are used to clutter.
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spiff up

v. Slang
To make attractive, stylish, or up-to-date: The owners spiffed up the old storefront. I found my old bike and spiffed it up.
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spiffed up

mod. dressed up, brushed up, and polished up nicely. See if you can get yourself a little spiffed up before we get to the front door. We wouldn’t want the Wilmington-Thorpes to think you only have one suit.
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But having seen parts of dividing-line Clybourn Avenue between North Hollywood and Burbank, and finding the east half of the street modern and first-class on the Burbank side, while the Los Angeles side of the street is marked by cracked concrete, disrepair and weeds, I got a message: Perhaps home rule would spiff up the Valley's public works.
Gray Davis has a chance to be a prince and sign legislation giving the Los Angeles Community College District a chance to spiff up its image.
On the heels of a code enforcement crackdown earlier this year on rundown properties, the new parking ordinance would give officials another tool in efforts to spiff up the city.
About 50 cleanup volunteers, many of them members of the Screen Actors Guild, helped spiff up Sepulveda for students coming back to school in a guild outreach project called LA Leads the Way.
The $1 million-a-year grant can help improve streets, fix up houses, improve parking, spiff up facades on commercial buildings, go toward neighborhood centers and help buy vacant lots for improvement.
But designers also have plucked duck, ostrich and peacock feathers to wear as ruffs and cuffs, to spiff up hats and tiaras, and dangle on the ends of leather cords wrapped around the neck like a bolo tie.
Rottet's clients shell out millions to spiff up their new digs, and they expect a payoff in improved worker productivity and more efficient use of expensive leased space.