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    dressed up to the nines

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?

    I was taking them to a very smart restaurant and expected o find Isabel arrayed for the occasion; with all the women dressed up to the nines. I was confident she would not wish to be outshone. (Maugham’s “The Razor’s Edge”, chapter IV)

    dressed up to the nines = in one’s Sunday best; dolled-up; done up to kill; in full fig
    dressed up as a sore finger


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: dressed up to the nines

    Correct, except for 'dressed up as a sore finger', which is wrong.

    Rover

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