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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRESSED UP

I was dressed up in Mlle. Debay's clothes, and the curtain was raised.

We was dressed up fine, and we played it on them in broad daylight.

She was what two thirds of Bayport would have called "dressed up."

A pet to be pampered, a doll to be dressed up and danced on your knee?

They don't look so dressed up and silly as they do from the boxes.

Most of us were dressed up in costumes of one kind or other; and I, ma foi!

Yet, if you were dressed up, you'd look better than any of the automobile brigade.

Why, you are a young lady all dressed up in go-to-meet-him clothes.

You shall all be dressed up as toy animals and be wound up to work.

Then there were dolls, (boys and girls) dressed up to show off the fashions.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "make straight; direct, guide, control, prepare for cooking," from Old French dresser, drecier "raise (oneself), address, prepare, lift, raise, hoist, set up, arrange, set (a table), serve (food), straighten, put right, direct," from Vulgar Latin *directiare, from Latin directus "direct, straight" (see direct (v.)).

Sense of "decorate, adorn" is late 14c., as is that of "put on clothing." Original sense survives in military meaning "align columns of troops." Dress up "attire elaborately" is from 1670s; dressing down "wearing clothes less formal than expected" is from 1960. To dress (someone) down (1769) is ironical. Related: Dressed; dressing.

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