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Slang definitions & phrases for redd up

redd up

verb phrase

To make neat and clean; put in order: workers are redding up after the gale

[1718+; fr Scots dialect, of uncertain origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Then she went indoors to redd up the houseplace and to attire herself.

    The Fifth Queen Crowned

    Ford Madox Ford
  • The house, and especially the kitchen, was thoroughly "redd up."

    The Man From Glengarry Ralph Connor
  • She had redd up her house for the last time and put on her black merino.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • "It'll take you a good two hours to redd up," observed Polly Dawson.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • He can redd up his rival's pedigree, for example, and lower his pride (if need be) by detailing the disgraces of his kin.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
  • Could I redd up and put on kettles, and, see to ord'nary work, with my inside turning?

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • A good bugaboo, of course, as at home it always pays to have visitors, we redd up the house so carefully.

    At Plattsburg

    Allen French
  • Could ye no' jist tak' a walk the length o' the auld place or I redd up a wee?'

    The Guinea Stamp

    Annie S. Swan
  • “Laury has been up all night with the baby, an' she hasn't had any time to redd up the room,” he said.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

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