jazz up


verb (tr, adverb) informal

to imbue (a piece of music) with jazz qualities, esp by improvisation or a quicker tempo
to make more lively, gaudy, or appealing

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Idioms and Phrases with jazz up

jazz up

1

Enliven, make more interesting, as in They jazzed up the living room with a new rug, or They decided to include a comedy act to jazz up the program.

2

Modify so as to increase its performance, as in Peter wanted to jazz up his motorbike with a stronger engine. Both usages are colloquialisms from the mid-1900s. Also see juice up.

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