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spruce sb/sth up

informal
phrasal verb with spruce uk   us   /spruːs/ verb
to make someone or something cleaner and tidier or to improve his, her, or its appearance generally: I thought I'd have a shave and generally spruce myself up for the interview. They've employed an advertising agency to spruce up the company image.
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