One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American Ostentatious luxury and glamour.
2the Ritzusually with negative Used in reference to luxurious accommodation.‘it's not the Ritz, but it 's convenient, clean, and good value for money’‘sure as hell ain't the Ritz, but it's a place to call home’‘here is the Ritz of all shelters’
put on the ritz
Make a show of luxury or extravagance.‘when you're putting on the ritz, garnish your soup with an asparagus tip nestled in a small spoonful of lightly whipped cream’
- ‘In the 10th year of the Starck bathroom, the company's latest anniversary product is putting on the ritz for the celebrations.’
- ‘First off, I got a new job as a valet parker at some restaurant that's trying to put on the ritz.’
Early 20th century: from Ritz, a proprietary name of luxury hotels, from César Ritz (1850–1918), a Swiss hotel owner.
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