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 The vainest city honor belonged to the Big Apple where New Yorkers spend an average of 38 minutes dolling up. Johnny Diaz,, "You’re so vain South Florida, report says," 29 Aug. 2019 The same city already known for its quirky downtown murals wants to jazz up intersections and crosswalks in and around downtown, dolling up plain old pavement with playful designs to give Hollywood streets an artsy vibe. Susannah Bryan,, "These funky murals are for the streets. And maybe they’ll kick drivers into slow gear.," 4 Aug. 2019 Penelope Garcia, Criminal Minds To celebrate the show's final season, get all dolled up as one of the quirkiest characters, Penelope Garcia. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "20 Best TV Show Costume Ideas for a Small Screen-Inspired Halloween," 23 July 2019 About 50 dogs were all dolled up to fit into the costume prize categories of Uncle Sam, Family and Most Unique. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Avon Lake closes out bicentennial year with July 4 city celebration," 8 July 2019 So, Hopper does the deed, and then gets dolled up and heads to dinner with Joyce. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 This breakfast spot has long been a staple of the neighborhood for which it is named, with its extra large pancakes, dolled up waffles and eggs cooked every which way attracting young families, friends and those nursing a hangover alike. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Highland Morning may be a Bardstown Road staple, but it fails to impress," 19 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of doll up

1906, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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7 Oct 2019

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The first known use of doll up was in 1906

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