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Expression: dressed to the nines #1 (permalink) Thu Nov 16, 2006 20:33 pm   Expression: dressed to the nines
 

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ESL/EFL Test #217 "American English Idioms", question 7

The reason why Aurora is dressed to the nines is because she's got a date tonight. Doesn't she look great? What is the meaning of 'dressed to the nines?' .........

(a) dressed too casual for the occasion
(b) dressed up and looking great
(c) dressed in a size nine
(d) dressed in a plain-looking suit

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #217 "American English Idioms", answer 7

The reason why Aurora is dressed to the nines is because she's got a date tonight. Doesn't she look great? What is the meaning of 'dressed to the nines?' dressed up and looking great

Correct answer: (b) dressed up and looking great
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Expression: dressed to the nines #2 (permalink) Thu Nov 16, 2006 21:25 pm   Expression: dressed to the nines
 

"dressed to the nines" means, roughly, "dressed formally/nicely/attractively"... if someone is wearing a nice suit, you could say that he's dressed to the nines.
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Expression: dressed to the nines #3 (permalink) Thu Nov 16, 2006 21:27 pm   Expression: dressed to the nines
 

it usually has to do with formal clothing -- suits, dresses, etc.
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Re: Expression: dressed to the nines #4 (permalink) Tue May 10, 2011 17:43 pm   Re: Expression: dressed to the nines
 

Prezbucky wrote:
"dressed to the nines" means, roughly, "dressed formally/nicely/attractively"... if someone is wearing a nice suit, you could say that he's dressed to the nines.

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Expression: dressed to the nines #5 (permalink) Fri Dec 09, 2011 14:35 pm   Expression: dressed to the nines
 

shouldn't it be: 'dressed up to the nines' ?- I have found it a dictionary..

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Expression: dressed to the nines #6 (permalink) Fri Dec 09, 2011 18:46 pm   Expression: dressed to the nines
 

Both are common forms.
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