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At the tavern, where we went to smarten up and to eat, we chanced upon Gregory.

Antiquity has a charm of its own, and to smarten it up would only damage it.

He's one of the sons, and he'd smarten 'em up if he had his way.

"Your 'Enery will 'ave to smarten 'isself up a bit fer their dear sakes," I ses.

This afternoon ammunition drill, &c., to smarten the men up.

I had done my best to smarten up my uniform, and make all my accoutrements bright and glistening.

That did not take her half-an-hour, but when she came down the woman had done her best to smarten up her room.

When they had gone the poor Simpleton began to tease his mother to smarten him up and let him start off.

The girls went to ride with him, and naturally began to smarten their dress and accents and to change their estimates.

The next day we had to smarten up and get ready for the Brigadier-General, who was going to inspect us.

WORD ORIGIN

"to make smart, to spruce up, to improve appearance," 1786, from smart (adj.) in its sense of "spruce, trim" + -en (1). Related: Smartened; smartening.

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