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Sunday, July 08, 2012

Definitions for vamp

  1. To patch up; repair.
  2. To give (something) a new appearance by adding a patch or piece.
  3. To concoct or invent (often followed by up): He vamped up a few ugly rumors to discredit his enemies.

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Citations for vamp
...plod and plow, vamp your old coats and hats, weave a shoestring; great affairs and the best wine by and by. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Illusions," Essays and Poems
To lay false claim to an invention or discovery which has an immediate market value; to vamp up a professedly new book of reference by stealing from the pages of one already produced at the cost of much labour and material… George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such
Origin of vamp
Vamp is a shortening of the Middle French word avant-pie literally meaning "fore-foot." This sense of the word is embedded in the more common word revamp.