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/ ˈgɛtˌʌp /
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noun Informal.
costume; outfit: Everyone will stare at you if you wear that getup.
arrangement or format; style: the getup of a new cookbook.
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Origin of getup

First recorded in1825–35; noun use of verb phrase get up

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British Dictionary definitions for getup

get up

verb (mainly adverb)
noun get-up
informal a costume or outfit, esp one that is striking or bizarre
informal the arrangement or production of a book, etc
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Other Idioms and Phrases with getup

get up


Arise from bed; also, sit or stand up. For example, Once I get up and have coffee, I'm ready to work. One of Irving Berlin's earliest hit songs was “Oh! How I hate to Get Up in the Morning” (1918). [Mid-1300s]


Ascend, mount, as in I hate to get up on a ladder. [First half of 1500s]


Create or organize, as in She got up the petition against zoning. [Late 1500s]


Dress or adorn, as in She plans to get herself up in a bizarre outfit. This usage is most often put in the form of the past participle (got up), as in The wedding albums were got up with ruffles and lace. [Late 1700s]


Draw on, create in oneself, as in I finally got up the nerve to quit, or Joe got up his courage and told the boss he was leaving. [Early 1800s] Also see get someone's back up; also see the subsequent idioms beginning with get up.

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