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spruce-up

[ sproos-uhp ]
/ ˈsprusˌʌp /
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noun

an act of cleaning up, refurbishing, renovating, or the like.

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Origin of spruce-up

Noun use of verb phrase spruce up
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British Dictionary definitions for spruce-up

spruce up

verb

(adverb) to make (oneself, a person, or thing) smart and neat
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Idioms and Phrases with spruce-up

spruce up

Make neat and trim, as in She spruced up the chairs with new cushions. This idiom originated in the late 1500s as simply spruce but had acquired up by 1676.

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