verb[with object]informal usually zhuzh something up
Make something more exciting, lively, or attractive.
enliven, liven up, brighten up, make more interesting, make more exciting, put some spirit into, make more attractive, add colour to, add some colour to, wake up, give a boost to, give a lift to, lift, ginger up
- ‘the bag is a cool but economical way to zhuzh up many an outfit’
- ‘He relies almost always on putting the men in question into a suit, and zhooshing up their hair.’
- ‘In 1815 the Prince had employed John Nash, architect of Regent's Park, to zhoosh up his rather plain and classical farmhouse by the sea.’
- ‘He swept into the group's headquarters, a team of hair stylists in tow, his objective to zhoosh up the women's looks, he said.’
- ‘That's why pancetta, if you can get it, is a better choice; otherwise remember that unsmoked bacon is generally less salty than smoked. For pudding: ice-cream slightly zhuzhed-up.’
- ‘I'd like to zhuzh up my scrambled eggs - any recommendations on things to add to make them a bit more tasty?’
- ‘I take a lot of stuff all the time from the store and just kind of "zhuzh" it up.’
- ‘Henri Lloyd enlisted Sydney super stylist Ken Thompson to zhush up the summer collection shown at the yacht club.’
- ‘I`m going to zhush it up with a secret ingredient’
An act, addition, or quality that makes something more exciting, lively, or attractive.
- ‘they have given the traditional Spanish farmhouse an added zhoosh’
- ‘her books are ideal for any cook looking for something simple, but with a little zhuzh’
1960s probably from Polari, of uncertain ultimate origin.
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