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  • n  light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork
  • n  any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
  • v  make neat, smart, or trim
  • v  dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion
    He spruced up for the party
  • s  marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

  • Each stack of spruce or maple is tagged with details of the year it was cut and the specific part of the instrument in which it will be used.
  • At first, local reaction was about the same as one would expect if some bowler-hatted Brit showed up at a Rio favela and proposed that he help residents spruce the place up.
  • As he quietly trains on campus, Cecka is preparing the paperwork for an urban-reclamation club to spruce up the school and build goodwill to one day get university officials to .
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  • Joe Paterno in Los Angeles Times
    Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, speaking at a fundraiser a day after being treated for dehydration in a hospital, told the crowd, "Yesterday I didn't think this event was getting enough press; I decided to go to the hospital and see if I could spruce...
  • Ed Gibbons in Edmonton Journal
    There's nothing wrong with the ice, there's nothing wrong with the arena,said Gibbons, a Northlands board member. "If we don't need a (new) arena, this is how we can spruce up Rexall Place."
  • Deval Patrick in Gov Monitor
    These grants will help communities get to work on a variety of projects that will make a real difference in people's lives and our Commonwealth stronger in the long run,said Governor Patrick. "Whether they are used to spruce up homes or...

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