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

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He's known for his fabulous full-face beats, as well as dolling up some of your fave celebs like Kim Kardashian and Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "10 Patrick Starrr Facts That'll Make You Love The Iconic Makeup Artist Even More," 8 Jan. 2019 For the women of Today — Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Natalie Morales — Monday night's award show was basically an excuse to get dolled up and have a reunion on the gold (read: not red) carpet. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Wait Until You See What Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie from 'Today' Wore to the Emmys," 18 Sep. 2018 John Krasinski and Emily Blunt got all dolled up for a red carpet date night on Monday. Stephanie Petit,, "Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Coordinate in Black and White for Date Night at Charity Gala," 10 July 2018 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

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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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