Student or Learner
Do up means fasten.
An examples is:
"a shirt so tight that not all of the buttons did up" this comes in google meaning search (meaning: do up)
One of my colleagues in an English-learning-group come up with the following example:
Please do up your coat otherwise you'll get cold.
She thinks "do up" could mean "put on" as well.
Although I think "do up" doesn't mean put on, but her example could be correct as she wants to say
Wrap up yourself with your coat to protect your body from cold.
Is my interpretation correct?
Not A Teacher
Teechar and MikeNewYork are correct about "Do up" in the context described, it also has other meanings in BrE.
"Do up" can mean to repair or decorate something, for example an old car or a room in a house.
It can also mean to wrap a present.
I agree with all of the above apart from the "to wrap a present" definition. Maybe it's a regional variant but I have only ever used or heard "to wrap a present". I might "do up" the string or the ribbon which goes round the present but that would be after it had been wrapped in wrapping paper.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thanks to all.
All answers are informative and I learned a lot.
I will convey them to my colleague.
You could also encourage your colleague to join this forum so that he can ask his own questions.
Last edited by Mrfatso; 01-Sep-2015 at 13:26.
I sometimes use "do up" in relation to wrapping up a present. Because you can also use sticky tape to "do them up" and secure the wrapping paper. I would be happy with either "wrap" or "do up".
My vocabulary is mostly from Southern, and North West, England.
(BrE first language speaker.)
AmE also uses the fix/repair/decorate definition of 'do up'. A gift could also be 'done up' in AmE.
We sometimes refer to somebody who is dressed fancily as 'done up'.