vamp up

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vamp up

1. To repair or refurbish something to make it look new or modern. A noun or pronoun can be used between "vamp" and "up." I've really been wanting to vamp the storefront up a little bit, because it really sticks out next to these sleek new shops around in the area. He vamped up his car with some repairs to the body and a bright new coat of paint.
2. To improvise something; to create or fabricate something from nothing or very little. A noun or pronoun can be used between "vamp" and "up." I had totally forgotten about the interview, so I vamped up a few questions an hour or so beforehand based on the Wikipedia article about him. We could all tell he was vamping the music up on the spot.
See also: up

vamp up

v.
1. To refurbish, improve, or embellish something: The designers vamped up the website using contemporary colors. I bought an old bookshelf and vamped it up with a new coat of paint.
2. To put something together; fabricate or improvise something: With no hard news available about the summit meeting, the reporters vamped up questions based only on rumor. When my turn came to tell a story, I vamped one up from tales I had heard as a child.
See also: up
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The song, Somebody To You, due out in July, has been given a vamping up from the album track, adding Demi's vocals after they shared the same studio in LA.
Even the designers have come over all gothic with Julien Macdonald spinning some cobweb tights and Chanel vamping up its lipstick.