\ˈspif \
spiffed; spiffing; spiffs

Definition of spiff 

: spruce usually used with up spiff up your wardrobe

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spiffed-up \ˈspift-​ˈəp \ adjective

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But that first outpost in Lakeview, spiffed up with a remodeling job in 2013, remains a great place to get a great cup of coffee. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Visitation to the island has increased since the Friends of Plum Island and Women in Preservation began spiffing up the place. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women in Preservation teaches construction skills on Door County's Plum Island," 7 June 2018 New development is expected to replenish the city’s housing and commercial stock—and spiff up its look. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Inside One of The United Kingdom’s Hottest Real-Estate Markets," 20 June 2018 Smaller regional host cities will have sparser amenities, but have also been spiffed up. The Economist, "Russia prepares to welcome 1m visitors for the World Cup," 13 June 2018 And then there's your hubby's crazy ideas about spiffing up the basement. Southern Living, "This Home Listing Mistake Could Cost You Thousands," 4 May 2018 Each of the Cavs spiffed up the ensemble their own way doing several different things to the sleeves and pocket squares. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "LeBron and Cavs suit up for playoffs in matching menswear by Thom Browne," 24 Apr. 2018 In the days before the Missouri’s arrival, Turks scrubbed the streets and taxis, spiffed up the brothels, and strung the word WELCOME in lights throughout the city. Suzy Hansen, The New Republic, "“What Difference Is Trump for Us?”," 24 Apr. 2018 Hitherto a storage facility, the space was spiffed up with the financial help of Twist’s grandmother and named after her. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Return of Basil Twist’s Underwater Puppet Show," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spiff

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spiff

English dialect spiff dandified

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