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English definition of “tart sth up”

tart sth up

UK informal often disapproving phrasal verb with tart     /tɑːt/ US  /tɑːrt/ verb
to make something look more attractive or decorative, usually by making very quick or very obvious changes: He made his money by tarting up slum houses and selling them at a huge profit.Decorating or making something attractive
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