freshen up

freshen up
freshen up (something) to add to something to make it better or more interesting.

She decided to wear her large silver pin to help freshen up the black dress.

I'm getting another drink — can I freshen yours up?


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  • Freshen — Fresh en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Freshened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Freshening}] 1. To make fresh; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients; to make less salty; as, to freshen water, fish, or flesh. [1913 Webster] 2. To refresh; to revive. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freshen — 1690s, from FRESH (Cf. fresh) (1) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Freshened; freshening. To freshen a drink, top it off is from 1961. The earlier verb was simply fresh (mid 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • freshen up — freshen (yourself) up to wash your hands or face or use the toilet. Velma said she needed to freshen up before supper …   New idioms dictionary

  • freshen — [fresh′ən] vt. to make fresh, or vigorous, clean, etc. vi. 1. to become fresh 2. to increase in strength: said of the wind ☆ 3. to begin to give milk, as a cow after having a calf freshen up to bathe oneself, change into fresh clothes, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Freshen — Fresh en, v. i. 1. To grow fresh; to lose saltness. [1913 Webster] 2. To grow brisk or strong; as, the wind freshens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freshen — index fix (repair), renew (refurbish) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • freshen up — index fix (repair) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • freshen — [v] make like new; revitalize activate, air, cleanse, enliven, invigorate, purify, refresh, restore, revive, rouse, spruce up, sweeten, titivate, ventilate; concept 244 Ant. overuse …   New thesaurus

  • freshen — ► VERB 1) make or become fresh. 2) chiefly N. Amer. top up (a drink) …   English terms dictionary

  • freshen — fresh|en [ freʃn ] verb 1. ) transitive if you freshen someone s drink, you give them more to drink: TOP 2. ) freshen or freshen up transitive to make something fresher, cleaner, or more attractive: Brushing your teeth freshens your mouth. She… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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