doll up

verb
dolled up; dolling up; dolls up

Definition of doll up

transitive verb

1 : to dress elegantly or extravagantly
2 : to make more attractive (as by decorating)

intransitive verb

: to get dolled up

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Examples of doll up in a Sentence

if you were to doll up those Shaker-style rooms, you'd ruin their simple elegance got all dolled up for the party
Recent Examples on the Web Not everyone is thrilled by Dancoisne-Martineau's efforts to doll up the sites however. Julia Buckley, CNN, "The man on a remote island keeping Napoleon's flame alive," 5 May 2021 Make your little one’s Christmas morning by picking this doll up from under the tree. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "42 gifts that support BIPOC-owned brands this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 To doll up that campfire treat, Dieguez recommended adding a strawberry or roasting some sugary marshmallow Peeps. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "COVID-19 pandemic expected to close or delay summer camps, but you can create your own," 11 May 2020 Pushing her to get dolled up daily just isn’t going to win you any points right now. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I feel like a jerk for noticing, but my girlfriend’s really been letting herself go during quarantine," 10 May 2020 Sam’s Club: Discounts on Easter apparel and gift baskets Want to see the kids all dolled up? Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "These 10 sales will help you save big this Easter," 9 Apr. 2020 Get dolled up Connecting online is also a good excuse to shake off rumpled clothes and shimmy into a snappy outfit. Anna Goldfarb, New York Times, "How to Have a Successful Virtual Happy Hour," 20 Mar. 2020 Even fries are special at Attagirl, thin and crisp and dolled up with garlic-thyme butter and herbs or just dusted with salt and pepper. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: Cullum’s Attagirl a chicken dive with the heart of a craft-driven cafe on San Antonio’s St. Mary’s strip," 27 Feb. 2020 Tarte Cosmetics: Get dolled up with up to 70% off marked down makeup with promo code SALE. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the best after-Christmas sales to shop before the new year starts," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of doll up

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of doll up was in 1906

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8 May 2021

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“Doll up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doll%20up. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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