tart up
transitive verb Date: 1938 dress up, fancy up <
tarted up pubs and restaurants for the spenders — Arnold Ehrlich
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  • tart up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms tart up : present tense I/you/we/they tart up he/she/it tarts up present participle tarting up past tense tarted up past participle tarted up British informal 1) a) to decorate something in order to improve… …   English dictionary

  • tart up — PHRASAL VERB (disapproval) If someone tarts up a room or building, they try to improve its appearance, often with the result that it looks vulgar. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] Have you ever wondered why British Rail would rather tart up… …   English dictionary

  • Tart up — adorn; make attractive, especially with cheap ornaments and cosmetics (originally British slang (mid 19th C.); the earilest record is Hotten s Slang Dictionary (1864), where he states it is used by the London lower orders , and only of women… …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • tart up — Australian Slang adorn; make attractive, especially with cheap ornaments and cosmetics (originally British slang (mid 19th C.); the earilest record is Hotten s Slang Dictionary (1864., where he states it is used by the London lower orders , and… …   English dialects glossary

  • tart up —  1. Brighten up, decorate (usu. cheaply, flashily or superficially).  2. Dress (oneself) like a tart (often facet.), tash Moustache …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • tart up — verb a) To dress like a prostitute They tarted up their business plan to make it look like YouTube. b) To dress garishly …   Wiktionary

  • tart up — Verb. To smarten up. Informal …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • tart — Ⅰ. tart [1] ► NOUN ▪ an open pastry case containing a sweet or savoury filling. DERIVATIVES tartlet noun. ORIGIN Old French tarte. Ⅱ. tart [2] ► …   English terms dictionary

  • tart — tart1 [tärt] adj. [ME < OE teart < PGmc * trat < IE base * der > TEAR1] 1. sharp in taste; sour; acid; acidulous 2. sharp in meaning or implication; cutting [a tart answer] SYN. SOUR tartly adv. tartness n …   English World dictionary

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