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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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*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

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 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.
Bringing no change to the firm s investment philosophy, operations or personnel, Spruce will continue to operate independently and under the leadership of the existing management team.
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.
Other scientists had noted that Alaskan lake sediments from the last ice age contain trace amounts of white spruce pollen, a hint that small numbers of spruce survived.
If your father or husband had sat next to aviation legend Howard Hughes in the cockpit of the Spruce Goose the day the world's biggest plane made its first and only flight on Nov.
These researchers carried out analyses on the properties of birch, maple, and spruce pulps to determine how conventional kraft pulping compares with kraft pulping with sodium metaborate added.
The manufacturer declared that the official Japanese governmental lumber importing agency purchased 567,000 board feet of American spruce during the first 10 months of 1938, an increase of more than 100% over the 1937 imports.
Interrupting this serene forest are pitiful patches of sagging, gray trees, defeated by the spruce bark beetle.
Levin Management Corporation's 1001 Spruce Office Center and Capitol Plaza Shopping Center in Ewing, N.
ABSTRACT: We studied a sudden occurrence of moose (Alces alces) browsing twigs and stripping bark of Norway spruce (Picea abies) that coincided temporally and spatially with a moose wasting syndrome in southern Alvsborg County in southwestern Sweden from 1990 to 1992.
Frank Dottori, president and chief executive officer of Spruce Falls Inc.
Church officials would like to expand to the east and close Spruce Street between Woodlawn and Lee as part of the deal.