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

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.

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

The guide suggested that we smarten up our gait, and we put the horses to a canter.

Next day he sent for the senior officer, and after a short talk with him told him to smarten up his subaltern.

Take my word for it, George, Ox Lease will have to smarten up a bit for this young lady.

But I've got a hunch that if we play dumb at first, then smarten up slowly, we can make him feel that he's done it for 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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