fancy up


fancied up; fancying up; fancies up

transitive verb

: to add superficial adornment to

Examples of fancy up in a Sentence

had fancied up his van so much that it was virtually a palace on wheels
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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fancy up was in 1934

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“Fancy up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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