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1. To improve one's looks by giving one a makeover. In this usage, the recipient of the makeover is stated between "do" and "over." We really need to do her over—that dated hairstyle makes her look so much older than she really is.
2. To redecorate something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "do" and "over." After having the same décor for 20 years, it's time for us to do the living room over. Doing over this room with a fresh coat of paint will really brighten it up.
3. To do something again, often in an attempt to improve. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "do" and "over." The teacher told me that I have to do this project over because it's too sloppy. Please do over this report and try to make it more concise.
4. noun The act of doing something again, often in an attempt to improve. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Can I have a do-over? That car horn distracted me just as I was swinging.
An instance in which an outfit or costume does not fit or hold together properly, especially when it exposes a part of the wearer's body as a result. The phrase was coined in the aftermath of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, during which performer Justin Timberlake managed to pull off part of fellow performer Janet Jackson's costume, revealing one of her breasts. A: "Much to my mortification, my pants ripped when I bent over, so I ended up showing my butt off to the whole office!" B: "Yeesh, that's quite the wardrobe malfunction!"
A form of return fraud in which a customer purchases something, especially expensive clothing, and returns it to the store after using or wearing it once. I know you may think it's a victimless crime to bring that dress back after a wearing it to your friend's wedding, but wardrobing is theft, plain and simple! When I was broke in college and needed fancy clothes for some important event, I never thought twice about wardrobing.
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do someone overand make someone over†
to buy a new wardrobe for someone; to redo someone's hairstyle, makeup, etc. Sally's mother did Sally over for the play tryouts. The designer made over Sally completely.
do something over
1. make something over† to rebuild, redesign, or redecorate something. We did our living room over for the holidays. We made over the family room because it was looking shabby.
2. do something over (again) to repeat something; to do something again. I am afraid that you are going to have to do over the complete series again. Would you do this one over, please?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, do something over.
1. Also, do over again. Repeat something, as in This setup won't work; I'll have to do it over again.
2. Redecorate, as in We've decided to do over the living room. [Early 1900s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. the failure of a costume to fully cover its wearer as intended. (From an incident on broadcast television where this failure allowed a woman’s naked breast to be seen. The term itself was concocted to be an excuse for the incident.) Now he spends hours watching TV, hoping for another wardrobe malfunction.
n. the practice of buying clothing, wearing it once, and returning it for a refund. The company put a stop to wardrobing by making customers mail their returns to a central warehouse.
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