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all spruced up

Neat and clean. Typically said of something that is or was disorganized or in disrepair. We need to get this house all spruced up before the open house. This place was a wreck the last time I was here. I can't believe you got it all spruced up so quickly!
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spruce (someone or something) up

To make someone, something, or oneself more tidy, refined, elegant, or stylish. I think it's time to spruce the house up a bit—it feels a little outdated and disheveled. You don't look so good! You'd better go spruce yourself up in the bathroom before you go up to give your speech. He's spent the whole summer sprucing up his grandfather's old Camaro.
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*all spruced up

freshened up; tidied up; cleaned up. (*Typically: be ~; get ~; get someone or something ~.) Let's get the yard all spruced up for spring.
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spruce someone or something up

 
1. Lit. to tidy up and groom someone or something. Laura's mother took a few minutes to spruce her daughter up for the party. She spruced up her room each day.
2. Fig. to refurbish or renew someone or something. Do you think we should spruce this room up a little? Yes, let's spruce up this room with new furniture and drapes.
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spruce up

Make neat and trim, as in She spruced up the chairs with new cushions. This idiom originated in the late 1500s as simply spruce but had acquired up by 1676.
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spruce up

v.
To make someone or something neat, elegant, and stylish in appearance: The new curtains will certainly spruce up this drab room. She spruced herself up and went out to dinner.
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Spruce Biosciences is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing novel therapies for rare endocrine disorders.
Both Spruce coal-burning units have lost money relative to the market over the past five years.
Sarah Everett, Spruce's carer at Sea Life in Weymouth, Dorset, said: "We hand-reared Spruce from a chick and successfully reintroduced him into our penguin colony.
Bringing together the CEO's of DreamDry and Spruce and Bond as co-founders, Hudson BLVD Group will serve to acquire, operate and develop a portfolio of likeminded specialty beauty service brands.
Spruce Street Tavern failed to score in the home half of the first frame, but Sons of Softball added to its lead with a solo home run from Joe Raschi in the top of the second frame.
Prior to the 19th Century, there were over 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of high elevation red spruce forests in West Virginia.
When spring finally came to Vermont, my wife and I gathered a pound of spruce tips and I brewed a homebrew batch with them.
Last week, Spruce was photographed presenting a cheque to the RNLI.
Key words: boreal forest, Brooks Range, forest-tundra, tree line, white spruce
The company will earn an undivided 60% ownership interest in the project by making an initial payment to Spruce Ridge of CAD100,000 and issuing a total of 200,000 common shares of the company; incurring total exploration expenditures on the project of CAD3m over a three year period; and issuing to Spruce Ridge a total of 600,000 shares of the company.
While the photos on pp 28 and 29 do show balsam fir, the stand on p26, part of the conifer -hardwood seepage swamp forest, appears to be primarily red spruce (there are fir adjacent to them).
The lack of white spruce fossils led some researchers to speculate that the species was wiped out in Alaska during the ice age and that trees from elsewhere recolonized the region once the climate warmed.
The Finnish forest products group UPM-Kymmene Corporation said on Monday (10 April) that it has decided to temporarily cut down production and lay off personnel at its spruce sawmills in Pori and Pietarsaari in Finland.
Jim Grant, whose father was Howard Hughes' co-pilot on the Spruce Goose
APPLICATION: With no detrimental effects observed for maple, spruce, and birch pulps, autocausticizing with sodium metaborate added in the white liquor appears to be an easy way for a causticizing-limited mill to increase its capacity without new equipment.