groom, gussy up (slang, chiefly U.S.) have a wash and brush-up (Brit.) smarten up, tidy, titivate
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spruce ( spruce plural) ( spruces 3rd person present) ( sprucing present participle) ( spruced past tense & past participle )
1 n-var A spruce is a kind of evergreen tree.
Trees such as spruce, pine and oak have been planted., ...a young blue spruce., ...80-year-old spruces.
Spruce is the wood from this tree., n-uncount
Early settlers built frames of spruce, maple and pine.
2 adj Someone who is spruce is very neat and smart in appearance.
Chris was looking spruce in his stiff-collared black shirt and new short hair cut. spruce up phrasal verb If something is spruced up, its appearance is improved. If someone is spruced up, they have made themselves look very smart.
Many buildings have been spruced up... be V-ed P
In the evening we spruced ourselves up a bit and went out for dinner. V n P
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