wardrobe


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

do over

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.
See also: over

wardrobe malfunction

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!"
See also: wardrobe

wardrobing

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.
See also: wardrobe

do someone over

 and 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.
See also: over

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?
See also: over

do over

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]
See also: over

wardrobe malfunction

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.
See also: wardrobe

wardrobing

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.
See also: wardrobe
References in classic literature ?
Betteredge," answered the Sergeant, "if I can tell them I am going to examine the wardrobes of EVERYBODY-- from her ladyship downwards--who slept in the house on Wednesday night.
We must examine all the wardrobes in the house or none.
'I know it's just imagination, but the monkey seems to me to be climbing down from the wardrobe.'
'I can't see anything climbing down the wardrobe,' said Elizabeth, as Eustace touched the floor.
"We will," said Polly, and mounting a chair, she put up, bid in, and knocked down Fan's entire wardrobe to an imaginary group of friends, with such droll imitations of each one that the room rang with laughter.
Pullet, returning the bonnet to the wardrobe and locking it up.
My seat, to which Bessie and the bitter Miss Abbot had left me riveted, was a low ottoman near the marble chimney-piece; the bed rose before me; to my right hand there was the high, dark wardrobe, with subdued, broken reflections varying the gloss of its panels; to my left were the muffled windows; a great looking-glass between them repeated the vacant majesty of the bed and room.
I was the happy handkerchief that was thus favored, and long did I riot in that delightful odor, which was just strong enough to fill the air with sensations, rather than impressions of all that is sweet and womanly in the female wardrobe.
They unloaded the wardrobe cart and sent it to take wounded men from a house two doors off.
Inchbare reappeared, with the choicest selection of wearing apparel which her wardrobe could furnish.
Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley BBC Four, 9pm The historian looks at the fashions of kings and queens, contemplating whether their wardrobes were intended to be a statement to the people.
with the weather, but summer is here and for many that means splashing out on a new wardrobe for holidays and social events.
A walk-in wardrobe might seem like a wild luxury but, with a bit of planning, it really could be a dream come true For most of us, walk-in closets are probably not at the forefront of our minds when considering a property.