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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.
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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.
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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?
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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]
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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.
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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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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 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.
Inchbare reappeared, with the choicest selection of wearing apparel which her wardrobe could furnish.
The top of a wardrobe is an excellent place for brown paper and cardboard boxes.
The bookshelf-style wardrobe offers retailers and consumers an alternative to RTA products, he added.
The floorspace of the rehearsal stage has the same footprint as the stage itself, an obvious working advantage, and the backstage complex is easily accessed to the servicing demands of wardrobe and workrooms via a generous loading bay.
THE owners of a wardrobe found with a mystery love note inside have been tracked down.
Whenever an item passes by an RFID reader on the bedroom door (ie, you wear it) it's logged in a database, then, using weather data, the wardrobe "learns" when to suggest certain clothes, by sending a text message through an app.
This of course isn't the case for most women, my own humble wardrobe is dotted (albeit neatly) in whatever free closet space I can get my hands on.
She says: "I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as She says: "I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children.
Whether you spend your day in an office, at school or at home, constructing your wardrobe around a few essential pieces ensures you'll always have something to wear.
tv and on Twitter @colinjustin Invoking the spirit of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, we perform our own magical transformation - let's label it The Layout, the Swish and the Wardrobe.