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dressed to kill

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dressed to the teeth

adjective phrase

Extremely well and fancily dressed or decorated; doll up: She's dressed to the teeth in magenta silks


: our dressed-to-the-teeth test car

verb phrase

: when she wrote articles about textured stockings and dressed to the nines

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the whole nine yards

[first form 1970s+, second 1940s+, third 1859+; to the teeth implies ''completely, from the bottom up''; to the nines is probably based on nine as a nearly perfect number just under ten, or on nine as a mystical or sacred number in numerology, the product of three times three]

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dressed to kill

Also, dressed to the nines . Elaborately attired, as in For the opening of the restaurant she was dressed to kill , or At the opera everyone was dressed to the nines . The first of these hyperbolic expressions dates from the early 1800s and uses kill in the sense of “to a great or impressive degree.” The phrase to the nines in the sense of “superlative” dates from the late 1700s and its original meaning has been lost, but the most likely theory is that it alludes to the fact that nine , the highest single-digit numeral, stands for “best.” Also see gussied up
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