do up: meaning and explanation
When you do something up, you repair, improve or redecorate something to make it more attractive (e.g. a house or an old piece of furniture) or to make it function (e.g. an old car).
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?
The house has got a lot of potential but we can’t afford to do it up.
Notice the useful expression can/can’t afford something/to do something, e.g. I can’t afford to eat out more than once a month at the moment…..If I could afford it, I’d only work 2 days a week.
Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- Imagine buying a house. Would you prefer to buy a totally new house, or an old one which you could do up? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these options?
- In the UK, it is popular to buy old furniture which has been done up. Why do you think people like doing this?
- Have you ever done anything up? What was it, and were you pleased with the results?