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    Kamila M is offline Junior Member
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    to grunge up - what does it mean?

    Hello,
    I need to find a synonym to this expression but I cannot find it anywhere, dictionaries give only the meaning of the noun 'grunge'.
    The context taken from the Newsweek is as follows: The Swedish version of The Girl With theDragon Tattoo stars a gritty, butch Noomi Rapace as heroine Lisbeth Salander, while Kristen Stewart is rumored to be in contention for the American version. No matter how much Stewart grunges herself up for the part, it would be hard not to think, hey, there's Bella from Twilight with greasy hair and torn cuticles.

    Thank you for any comment

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    Re: to grunge up - what does it mean?

    In this example it means to make herself (her physical appearance) look poorly, unkempt.

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    Re: to grunge up - what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kamila M View Post
    Hello,
    I need to find a synonym to this expression but I cannot find it anywhere, dictionaries give only the meaning of the noun 'grunge'.
    The context taken from the Newsweek is as follows: The Swedish version of The Girl With theDragon Tattoo stars a gritty, butch Noomi Rapace as heroine Lisbeth Salander, while Kristen Stewart is rumored to be in contention for the American version. No matter how much Stewart grunges herself up for the part, it would be hard not to think, hey, there's Bella from Twilight with greasy hair and torn cuticles.

    Thank you for any comment
    There is the noun 'grunge' and the adjective 'grungy'.
    The second means: a/ shabby or dirty in character or condition,
    b/ characteristic of grunge music or fashion.
    Slang: filth, dirt.
    It seems to me that the journalist used 'grunge' as a verb.
    S.M.

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    Kamila M is offline Junior Member
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    Re: to grunge up - what does it mean?

    Thanks

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