Reading set "Idioms on Clothes" (Number of items 11)

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best bib and tucker

Sunday go-to-meeting clothes  {n. phr.},  {informal}
Best clothes or outfit of clothing.
The cowboy got all dressed up in his best bib and tucker to go to the dance.
Mary went to the party in her Sunday best and made a hit with the boys.
Compare: GLAD RAGS.
Categories:clothes informal noun

glad rags

glad rags  {n.},  {slang}
Clothes worn to parties or on special occasions; best clothes.
Mrs. Owens put on her glad rags for the party.
Categories:clothes noun slang

dress up

dress up  {v.}
1a. To put on best or special clothes.
Billy hated being dressed up and took off his best suit as soon as he got home from church.
1b. To put on a costume for fun or clothes for a part in a play.
Mary was dressed up to play Cinderella in her school play.
2. To make (something) look different; make (something) seem better or more important.
A fresh coat of paint will dress up the old bicycle very much.
Tommy dressed up the story of what he did on vacation and made it seem twice as interesting as it was.
Categories:clothes verb

fine feathers do not make fine birds

A person who wears fine clothes may not be as good as he looks. — A proverb.
Mary is pretty and she wears pretty clothes, but she is very mean. Fine feathers do not make fine birds.

fat of the land

fat of the land  {n. phr.}
The best and richest food, clothes, everything.
When I'm rich I'll retire and live off the fat of the land.
Categories:clothes noun

fancy pants

fancy pants  {n.},  {slang}
A man or boy who wears clothes that are too nice or acts like a woman or girl; sissy.
The first time they saw him in his new band uniform, they yelled "Hey, fancy pants, what are you doing in your sister's slacks?"
Categories:clothes noun slang time

foundation garment

A close-fitting garment designed for women to wear underneath their clothes to make them look slim; a piece of woman's underwear.
Jane wears a foundation garment under her evening dress.
Categories:clothes noun

wrap up

wrap up or bundle up  {v. phr.}
1. To put on warm clothes; dress warmly.
Mother told Mary to wrap up before going out into the cold.
2.  {informal}
To finish (a job).
Let's wrap up the job and go home.
3.  {informal}
To win a game.
The Mets wrapped up the baseball game in the seventh inning.
Categories:clothes informal verb

live out of a suitcase

To have no permanent residence or a permanent place to hang one's clothes.
When Jennifer accepted her new job, she had no idea that she would have to live out of a suitcase for six months.
Categories:clothes verb

doll up

doll up  {v.},  {slang}
1. To dress in fine or fancy clothes.
The girls dolled up for the big school dance of the year.
The girls were all dolled up for the Christmas party.
2. To make more pretty or attractive.
The classrooms were all dolled up with Christmas decorations.
Compare: DECKED OUT.
Categories:clothes slang verb

put on

put on  {v. phr.}
1. To dress in.
The boy took off his clothes and put on his pajamas.
Mother put a coat on the baby.
2a. To pretend; assume; show.
Mary isn't really sick; she's only putting on.
He put on a smile.
The child was putting on airs.
2b. To exaggerate; make too much of.
That's rather putting it on.
Compare: LAY IT ON.
3. To begin to have more (body weight); gain (weight).
Mary was thin from sickness, and the doctor said she must put on ten pounds.
Too many sweets and not enough exercise will make you put on weight.
4a. To plan and prepare; produce; arrange; give; stage.
The senior class put on a dance.
The actor put on a fine performance.
4b. To make (an effort).
The runner put on an extra burst of speed and won the race.
5. To choose to send; employ on a job.
The school put on extra men to get the new building ready.
Categories:clothes verb