All spruced up

All spruced up: Said of a man smartened up unusually to meet someone, or "walk out." Originally from the words of a music hall song. Variants were "All poshed up" or "Togged up." [1]

References / notes[edit]

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.5.

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