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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 up

To make someone, something, or oneself more tidy, refined, elegant, or stylish. A noun or pronoun can be used between "spruce" and "up." I think it's time to spruce the house up a bit—it feels a little outdated and disheveled.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.
See also: all, spruce, up

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.
See also: spruce, up

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.
See also: spruce, up

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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Linear measurements of cones and seed scales unequivocally show that Karelian spruces should be treated as Siberian Picea obovata.
For molecular analysis, we are using three polymorphic fragments which are already known as producing good results in the studies of spruces phylogeny: non-coding regions of chloroplast DNA (trnT-trnL intergenic spacer and trnL (UAA) intron) and polymorphic fragment of the second intron of mitochondrial nadl gene.
Picea abies, or Norway spruce, has several selections that are excellent landscape plants.
Dwarf Alberta spruce is a white spruce with which many people are familiar.
Sand-mining operations in Michigan have uncovered a true forest primeval--a 10,000-year-old spruce woods buried in sand.
Spruce needles, pinecones, and mosses blanketed the floor.
The endemic spruces are a minor element in the flora of Mexico, yet potentially important from the standpoint of science, their unique contribution to the biodiversity of Mexico, and their value as genetic resources.
Snow depth permitting, my wife and I cruise the back roads in search of spruces that might fit comfortably twixt our floor and ceiling.
This tiny cluster of Sitka spruce surely comprise America's smallest forest.
After the spruce budworms work for a while, weakening the stand, they're followed by the Douglasfir bark beetle," said Averill.
For example, the spruce budworm has so damaged Maine's fir resource that it will take years to heal.
Honest, I'm going up to the Nicolet National Forest to try to find a great big black spruce that I remember seeing years ago.
But I hardly recognize it: Over my trips to Whitewater, it first served as an open-space bear walkway where birds sang as in a jungle, then later nurtured a grove of sprouting aiders in their fresh light-greenness, and now in 1988 supports an alder forest perhaps 40 feet high, with vigorous, shade-tolerant Sitka spruces pushing upward some six to 10 feet.
A curtain of three carefully arranged, 100-foot-tall Colorado blue spruces would, I reckoned, just about do it.
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