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spruce up

groom, gussy up     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   have a wash and brush-up     (Brit.)   smarten up, tidy, titivate  
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  ( 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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spruce, spruce, scruple, spree

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