doll 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

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Jaime King is a super mom! The actress attended the Los Angeles premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 on Tuesday, gracing the red carpet all dolled up alongside her 4½-year-old son James Knight. Jen Juneau,, "Jaime King Posts Sweet and Empowering Message as Her Son Dons a Dress for Movie Premiere," 7 June 2018 Watching my mama get all dolled up to go out with a guy or even with her girlfriends is one of my favorite things to do. Lori D. Johnson, The Root, "The Inheritance," 3 June 2018 In a new promo photo shared exclusively with PEOPLE from her Billboard Music Awards shoot, the Voice coach, 36, is all dolled up in a form-fitting purple mini, black booties and her hair in glamorous waves. Melody Chiu,, "Kelly Clarkson Looks So Glam in Curve-Hugging Dress for Billboard Music Awards Promo Shoot," 3 May 2018 The dish, which Russ dolls up with pomegranate and radish, has become something of a Clementine signature, and pays tribute to John Russ’ New Orleans upbringing. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Salads turn a new leaf by foregoing the greens," 18 Apr. 2018 Foster kids Alicia, Patience and Milena were all dolled up, ready to have their pictures taken at HistoryMiami Museum on Flagler Street. Isabella Vaccaro, miamiherald, "Heart gallery aims to ‘find forever families’ for children hoping to be adopted | Miami Herald," 5 Apr. 2018 On Sunday, the longtime couple got all dolled up for the annual Vanity Fair Oscar Party and made quite the entrance. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "These Photos of Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor at an Oscars Party Will Fill You With So Much Joy," 5 Mar. 2018 The fest will also feature yoga classes, spots to get all dolled up in henna, and other neat side adventures. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Carl Cox, Derrick Carter, The Black Madonna & More Heading to Oasis Festival 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 Everybody seemed to have gotten dolled up just for the fun of it. Pete Wells, New York Times, "In Vancouver, a Door to a Parallel Culinary World," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of doll up

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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