put the ritz

ritz

[rits]
noun
1.
ostentatious or pretentious display.
verb (used with object)
2.
Slang. to treat with condescension; snub: The star ritzed the reporters and got a bad press.
Idioms
3.
put on the ritz, Informal. to live in elegance and luxury, especially to make an ostentatious show of one's wealth: They put on the ritz to impress their guests. Also, put on the Ritz.

Origin:
1925–30; after the sumptuous hotels founded by César Ritz (died 1918), Swiss entrepreneur

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ritz (rɪts)
 
n
put on the ritz to assume a superior air or make an ostentatious display
 
[from the luxury hotels created by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz (1850--1918)]

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