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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 I think it's time to spruce the house up a bit—it feels a little outdated and disheveled.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.
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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.
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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There are three main types of tree you are likely to see on sale - Norway spruce (Picea abies), Nordmann fir (Abies nordmanniana), and the blue spruce (Picea pungens).
1 KNOW WHAT KIND OF TREE YOU WANT Each variety is different, so ensure you know the difference between a spruce and a fir.
Spruce up your landscape by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.
This year, the city's tree for the traditional Christmas market on RE[micro]merberg is a red spruce that's 33 meters (108 feet) high, 124 years old and weighs just under nine tons.
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.
Short title: Early silviculture of Norway spruce plantations, between economics and stability
Ranging from contemporary slim-line varieties, fibre-optics, and inverted trees to more traditional 7ft spruces and classic pre-lit branches, you're sure to find the perfect match.
Black and white spruces are widespread across Canada and are used to produce construction lumber, pulpwood, and plywood (Flynn, Jr.
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.
There was no perspective about those firs and spruces and pines.
As the forest matures, shade-tolerant spruces and first start to grow, and an understory sprouts beneath the lodgepole canopy.
Byproduct of World War I, these few spruces survive in a bitter land, and the Adak elves love 'em.
First comes the spruce budworm which doesn't just fancy spruces but quite a few other trees, especially Douglas-fir.
* The Forest Service logged a half-mile-long parcel of flammable conifers south of town, removed dead spruce from a number of inholdings along the nearby Russian River and around an 84-unit campground, and gave away 2,000 Scotch pines to replace blighted spruces.
Bean rain parka and ask someone to lead me into a Pacific Northwest old-growth rainforest, where I would stop blindly but unerringly under my tree of choice-one of the huge Sitka spruces that grow in many of these forests.