doctor up(redirected from to doctor something up)
1. To treat someone medically. A noun or pronoun can be used between "doctor" and "up." Oh, I cut my hand chopping vegetables and had to get doctored up, but I'm fine now.
2. To alter, and perhaps falsify, something in an attempt to improve it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "doctor" and "up." The studio says the we have to doctor the script up because it's too bland. Does this picture look fake to you? I think the defense team doctored it up.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
doctor someone up
to give someone medical treatment, especially first aid. Give me a minute to doctor Fred up, and then we can continue our walk. I'll doctor up Fred with a bandage; you can go on ahead.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To falsify or change something in such a way as to make it favorable: The corrupt lawyer doctored up the evidence. I doctored the photo up to make myself look younger.
2. To modify something so as to improve or conceal its taste or appearance: The chef doctored up the bland fish by seasoning it heavily. I doctored the eggs up with a little oregano.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.