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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydo up
he/she/itdoes up
present participledoing up
past tensedid up
past participledone up
  1. 1
    [transitive] to fasten something

    Do up your shoelaces.

    You don’t need to do up the top button.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if clothes do up in a particular way, they fasten in that way

      The dress does up at the back.

  2. 2
    [transitive] British to repair, paint, and improve an old building, car, boat etc

    It’s a lovely cottage, but it needs doing up a bit.

    We spent our weekends doing up a 1934 Rolls Royce.

  3. 3
    [transitive] British to wrap something in paper or cloth in an attractive way

    He held a small parcel done up in coloured paper and ribbon.

  4. 4
    [transitive] [usually passive] to tie or arrange your hair in a particular way

    Her shiny dark hair was done up in a ponytail.

  5. 5
    [transitive] [usually passive] to dress someone in special clothes or put make-up on them

    She had spent hours doing herself up for the party.

    (all) done up:

    Angie was done up in a silky black dress and fishnet stockings.

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