do up

do up

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To fasten (a piece of clothing, etc.); to tighten (a nut etc.)
    I can't do up my shirt. The button is missing.
    Help me do up this zipper.
    You hold it in place while I do up the nut.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic, colloquial) To redecorate (a room, etc.); to make improvements to a home or domestic property.
    I'm going to do up the living room next.
    They've done up the house so that they can sell it more easily.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic, informal) To execute a task or performance.
    This time I'm going to do it up right.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To pack together and envelop; to pack up.
    I did up the parcel with string and took it to the post office.
  5. (transitive, dated) To accomplish thoroughly.
  6. (transitive, archaic) To starch and iron.
    • a rich gown of velvet, and a ruff done up with the famous yellow starch
  7. (slang) To beat up; to physically assault.
  • (fasten clothing) undo

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