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Clean, well dressed, or decent enough to be seen in public.‘I did my best to make myself look presentable’
tidy, neat, fit to be seen, orderly, straight, clean, spick and span, in good order, shipshape, shipshape and bristol fashion, in apple-pie ordersmartly dressed, tidily dressed, smart, tidy, of smart appearance, well groomed, dapper, elegant, trim, spruceView synonyms
- ‘By the time we were finished, the old man's grave looked quite presentable.’
- ‘After another half an hour of rushing about, the place was looking quite presentable, then right on time, there was a knock on the door.’
- ‘Everybody likes to be in clean clothes and to look presentable, including the migrant workers.’
- ‘For now, I need to make myself presentable and get ready to watch the England vs. Denmark football match.’
- ‘My son wore black shoes, not his trainers, and a black shirt, but this was not presentable enough, apparently.’
- ‘Winning is first, but not far behind is winning in a manner that is presentable and palatable to the public.’
- ‘Ordinary kids, the type most of us have cluttering up our living rooms, are just not genetically programmed to be presentable.’
- ‘And Emma kept reminding us to put on makeup and make sure we looked presentable.’
- ‘They simply go ahead and recruit smartly dressed, presentable presenters.’
- ‘Almost an hour passed before Wendy felt presentable enough to leave the ladies' room.’
- ‘Despite her addiction, she likes to keep her apartment neat and presentable and says she tries to lead as decent a life as possible.’
- ‘Unfortunately I can't take my dog to parties, so I need to find a nice, presentable, decent sort of man.’
- ‘In fact, making people look and sound presentable is big business these days.’
- ‘I have recently obtained secondhand copies of the books in question and they turn out to be very presentable indeed.’
- ‘I wouldn't say he's especially handsome, although he's reasonably good looking and presentable.’
- ‘We managed to set up the retaining wall near the back fence and our back yard now looks a lot cleaner and presentable than it was before.’
- ‘In short he really tried hard to make himself presentable, which he knew would help him when he called at houses selling his wares.’
- ‘You will look presentable when you want to look presentable, and today just isn't one of those days.’
- ‘When settling down in a career, one goes for a smoother, presentable look.’
- ‘It was neat, paved and, if not prosperous, at least presentable.’
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