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gussy

[guhs-ee] /ˈgʌs i/
verb (used with object), gussied, gussying.
1.
to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually followed by up):
a room gussied up with mirrors and lights.
verb (used without object), gussied, gussying.
2.
to dress in one's best clothes (usually followed by up):
to gussy up for the ball.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; of obscure origin
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  • Indeed, you can gussy up any number of vegetables that have been simply steamed or parboiled with olive oil béchamel.
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  • Indeed, you can gussy up any number of vegetables that have been simply steamed or parboiled with olive oil béchamel.
Word Origin and History for gussy
v.

"to dress up or decorate in a showy way," 1952, American English slang, apparently from Gussy (1940), schoolyard slang name for an overly dressed person, perhaps related to gussie (1901) "effeminate man," and somehow connected to the nickname for Augusta and Augustus.

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