He had spruced up a little, though the four dollars he had got from Dinville the night before was not sufficient for new clothes.
Upon this he spruced up, looked gay, roll'd about in a chariot.
It seems to me you've spruced up mightily since the last time you came to the Bourg.
I at once spruced up my best, and told the doctor that I was ready to start.
Dud and Jim, who had been lounging around Killykinick in sweaters and middies, were spruced up into young gentlemen again.
I calculated to have spruced up considerable before you come in.
Sure, he was all spruced up now, ready to make a polite courtesy call at the big house.
He was all spruced up, and as nervous and excited as a schoolboy.
He had spruced himself, but I seemed to see the rags still nutter about him.
Old shops were spruced up; old stocks, by aid of brushing and additions, were made to appear quite salable and rapidly ran off.
"evergreen tree," 1660s, from spruse (adj.) "made of spruce wood" (early 15c.), literally "from Prussia," from Spruce, Sprws (late 14c.), unexplained alterations of Pruce "Prussia," from an Old French form of Prussia. Spruce seems to have been a generic term for commodities brought to England by Hanseatic merchants (beer, board, leather, see spruce (v.)), and the tree was believed to have come from Prussia.
1590s, from the adjective meaning "to make trim or neat," from spruce leather (mid-15c., see spruce (n.)), which was used to make a popular style of jerkins in the 1400s that was considered smart-looking.