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"smarten (sb/sth) up" in British English

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smarten (sb/sth) up

mainly UK
phrasal verb with smarten uk   /ˈsmɑː.tən/  us   /ˈsmɑːr-/ verb
to (​cause to) ​become more ​clean, ​tidy, and ​stylish: She's really smartened herself up since she ​finishedcollege. You'll have to smarten up if you ​want to ​work in ​television.
(Definition of smarten (sb/sth) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"smarten (sb/sth) up" in Business English

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smarten (sb/sth) up

UK informal
phrasal verb with smarten uk   us   /ˈsmɑːtən/ verb
to ​improve your ​personal appearance or the appearance of something: You'll need to ​buy a ​suit and smarten up a ​bit for the ​interview. Staff were told to smarten themselves up for the ​inspection visit. They've smartened up the ​design of their webpage.
(also smarten up your act) to begin ​working more ​effectively: Poor ​performers need to smarten up quickly if they want to ​keep their ​jobs. The ​industryneeds to smarten up its ​act in relation to ​advertising and ​promotion.
(Definition of smarten (sb/sth) up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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