verb (gussies, gussying, gussied)[with object] (gussy someone/thing up) North American informal
Make someone or something more attractive, especially in a showy or gimmicky way: shopkeepers gussied up their window displays
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- Teams of specialists on the ground gussy them up for public consumption.
- They can try to gussy it up all they want, but baseball remains essentially an idler's game.
- Well, I'll gussy it up, stick it in a frame or some such to hang in my office (read: bathroom) until such time comes for me to display it publicly.
1940s: perhaps from Gussie, pet form of the given name Augustus.
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