Definition of dress something up in US English:

dress something up

phrasal verb

  • Present something in such a way that it appears better than it really is.

    ‘the company dressed up the figures a little’
    • ‘But with her I knew I was getting to hear a ‘truer’ version whilst his version was dressed up with rather more male posturing.’
    • ‘It's made up of all sorts of bits and pieces that no one would otherwise touch, but he's packaged it well and dressed it up with his trademark buffoonery.’
    • ‘That is why he sometimes gets dismayed when the privilege is abused and lies or half-truths are dressed up as news in certain elements of the media.’
    • ‘However they choose to dress it up and whatever sort of compromise they want to present it as, the president's goal is still phase-out.’
    • ‘Although most get-rich-quick schemes are as old as the hills they are dressed up with snazzy new titles that promise instant wealth.’
    • ‘You had a similar phenomenon in the financial markets, where you had a boom, where it wasn't a matter of what the earnings were, but how they could be dressed up.’
    • ‘As regards the general issue of vigilantism, the Government's position is simple: there is no place in our society for vigilantism no matter how it is dressed up.’
    • ‘They'll dress it up nice and present it again, and everyone will carp and complain for the next four months.’
    • ‘But you can't sell a system of bureaucratic control in this country by calling it what it is; you have to dress it up in the rhetoric of representative government.’
    • ‘Dear reader, I ask you: does pulling out these facts and figures and dressing them up with rhetoric consciously influence your vote in the slightest?’
    present, represent, portray, depict, characterize
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