do up

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do up ‎(third-person singular simple present does up, present participle doing up, simple past did up, past participle done up)

  1. (transitive, idiomatic) To fasten (a piece of clothing, etc.).
    I can't do up my shirt. The button is missing.
    Help me do up this zipper.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To redecorate (a room, etc.).
    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.
    • Hawthorne
      a rich gown of velvet, and a ruff done up with the famous yellow starch

Usage notes[edit]

The object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.

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  • (fasten clothing): undo