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spiff1

[spif] /spɪf/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to make spiffy (usually followed by up):
Let's spiff up this office with new furniture.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; perhaps v. use of dial. spiff well-dressed; see spiffy
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Word Origin and History for spiff up

spiff

v.

"make neat or spruce," 1877 (with up or out), probably from spiffy (q.v.). Related: Spiffed; spiffing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for spiff up

spiel

noun
  1. A barker's or hawker's persuasive talk (1896+)
  2. A speech meant to persuade by force and eloquence; a sales patter; line: I'll give his honor a spiel (1896+)
  3. An advertising monologue on radio or television (1940s+)

[fr German spielen, ''play'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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