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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRESSED-UP

Probably worth while, too, on the dressed-up mucker's account.

Those two Vinck girls are no better than dressed-up monkeys.

And all their talk and all their behaviour was sham, they were dressed-up creatures.

Why do you stand there like a dressed-up doll in a tailor's window?

Why did you come in that day looking like a dressed-up doll?

Her mother was just like her, only a more faded and dressed-up edition.

Of course I may have seen her as a dressed-up person and not recognized her.

Among these and the others were dressed-up children with oiled hair.

Just tell me what you mean to do with the dressed-up doll when you get her?

They'd like to make one o' them dressed-up doll women outen you!

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DRESSED-UP

dressed to the nines

adjectivedressed in fancy clothing
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