perk up

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To cause to be more upright, straighten up
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For five minutes Pollyanna worked swiftly, deftly, combing a refractory curl into fluffiness, perking up a drooping ruffle at the neck, or shaking a pillow into plumpness so that the head might have a better pose. Meanwhile the sick woman, frowning prodigiously, and openly scoffing at the whole procedure, was, in spite of herself, beginning to tingle with a feeling perilously near to excitement.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'perk up':

perk upTo become more upright
perk upto become more lively or enthusiastic.
perk upto cause to be more lively or enthusiastic.
perk upTo exalt oneself, take on a higher status or position.
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