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do up (1) British and Australian English Informal

Meaning: If you do up an old building, car, boat, etc., you make it look new again by repairing it, painting it, and so on.

Synonym: restore, renovate

For example:

  • do sth up Mike makes money by buying old houses and then doing them up and selling them.

  • do up sth Uncle Bill likes to do up old cars and make them look as good as new.

Nouns often used as objects with
do up (1): house, apartment, room, car, motorbike, boat

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

They're going to do up their apartment, so they're getting
  1. paint and brushes
  2. locks and keys
  3. food and drinks

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