dress up
verb Date: 1635 transitive verb 1. to make more attractive, glamorous, or fancy <
dress up a plain dessert with a rich chocolate sauce
2. a. to attire in best or formal clothes b. to attire in clothes suited to a particular role 3. to present in the most attractive or impressive light <
a fiasco dressed up as a triumph
intransitive verb to get dressed up

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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