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Spend time making minor adjustments to one's appearance; primp.‘prinking themselves in front of the mirror’
groom, tidy, arrange, brush, comb, smooth, smarten, smarten up, spruce up, freshen, freshen up, beautify, pretty, preen, primpView synonyms
- ‘You heard the Postmaster was here and so you must prink and prim yourself in front of the mirror - look on this side and that side and all around.’
Late 16th century: probably related to archaic prank ‘dress or adorn in a showy manner’; related to Middle Low German prank ‘pomp’, Dutch pronk ‘finery’.
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