dressed to the nines
Unknown; first recorded in the late 1700s.
- (idiomatic) Very fancily or formally dressed; wearing very showy or splendid clothing.
- He arrived at the gala, dressed to the nines in his top hat and tails.
very fancily or formally dressed
- “Dressed to the nines” in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004, →ISBN.
- Today I Found Out - Where the Expression 'Dressed to the Nines' Came From