doll up

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 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,, "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 The Facebook event page urges those attending to get all dolled up. Ed Masley, azcentral, "New Year's Eve live-music guide for Phoenix: Where to ring in 2020," 23 Dec. 2019 King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia led the way for a lavish dinner at Stockholm’s Royal Palace on Tuesday night, where the family got dolled up in their best formal wear — including sparkling tiaras. Stephanie Petit,, "See Princess Sofia of Sweden's Unexpected Green Leopard Print Dress — Complete with Tiara!," 13 Nov. 2019 The duo also got dolled up as Barbie and Ken for the Halloween extravaganza. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Halloween hosts: Anchors and TV personalities went all-out with their costumes this year," 31 Oct. 2019 For some drag queens, getting dolled up in wigs and makeup can make every day feel like Halloween. Joey Nolfi,, "Sharon Needles gets freaky with Frankenstein in throwback 'Monster Mash' music video," 11 Oct. 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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21 Apr 2020

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“Doll up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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