1. A figure having the likeness of a human, especially one used as a child's toy.
a. A person considered to be physically attractive.
b. A woman.
c. A helpful or obliging person: What a doll you've been in this crisis!
d. Used as a term of endearment.
doll up Slang
1. To dress oneself smartly and often ostentatiously, especially for a special occasion.
2. To add embellishing details to in order to make much more attractive.
[From Doll, nickname for Dorothy.]
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