spruce up an' tell 'em like-ez-how this air goin' to be a double trick!
My ole mistus took me to Sunday school with her and I spruce up in dat hat.
I'll shave up an' spruce up jest as soon as I've made my pile.
Bonhag really wanted Cowperwood to spruce up and show what he could do, socially or otherwise.
As soon as they arrived on board, they were turned over to the steward, who provided them with quarters in which to spruce up.
Rooms were obtained at the best hotel in the place, and both Frank and Bart proceeded without delay to spruce up.
Well, you want ter kind of spruce up a bit before you do that, for you don't look very fine now, Carrots.
The canvas men would hurry to the “lot” to put up the tents while we remained behind to spruce up for the parade.
I was glad to get away from the environs of the Ebbit House after a brief but very earnest effort to “spruce up.”
But, if you—er—well, we'll say 'spruce up' a bit, you can be sure he'll never connect you with the West.
"evergreen tree," 1660s, from spruse (adj.) "made of spruce wood" (early 15c.), literally "from Prussia," from Spruce, Sprws (late 14c.), unexplained alterations of Pruce "Prussia," from an Old French form of Prussia. Spruce seems to have been a generic term for commodities brought to England by Hanseatic merchants (beer, board, leather, see spruce (v.)), and the tree was believed to have come from Prussia.
1590s, from the adjective meaning "to make trim or neat," from spruce leather (mid-15c., see spruce (n.)), which was used to make a popular style of jerkins in the 1400s that was considered smart-looking.