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do (sth) up

phrasal verb with do uk   us   // /du/ /duː/ /duː/ verb (did, done)
UK to ​fasten something or ​becomefastened: Can you ​help me to do up my ​dress? Do ​yourshoes/​laces up before you ​trip over. These ​trousers must have ​shrunk - I can't do them up. These ​trousers won't do up.
Opposite

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do sth up

phrasal verb with do uk   us   // /du/ /duː/ /duː/ verb (did, done)
  • (REPAIR)

B2 to ​repair or ​decorate a ​building so that it ​looksattractive: I'd like to ​buy a ​run-downhouse and do it up.

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