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To Fix Up

To Fix Up

Meaning: To
improve the appearance or condition of something


Tom: It is
so exhausting looking for a house. We have visited at least 10 different houses
in the past two weeks and we still haven’t found one we like!

Sarah: Are
you looking for a new house?

Tom: No, we
don’t really have enough money to buy a new house. Instead, we are looking for
an older house that we can fix up.
We don’t mind doing a little work as long as the house is in a good location.

Sarah: That’s
what we did when we bought our house a couple of years ago. We had such a good
time fixing everything up on the weekends. We especially
liked painting everything. It was a great experience for the kids because they
were able to fix up their rooms in
any way they wanted.

Tom: That
sounds like fun! I hope we find something soon.

Sarah: I’m
sure you will. Good luck!

Example 2:

Ken: Wow! That’s a really old
car! What year is it?
Jack: It’s a 1967 Mustang. Isn’t
it gorgeous?

Ken: Well….it’s kind of old
and rusty.
Jack: You have to use your
imagination! After I fix it up with a new paint job and tires, it
will be as good as new. Actually, it will be better than new!

Ken: You mean that you are
going to fix this old car up? That’s going to take a lot of work!
Jack: Yes, it will, but in the
end I’ll have a beautiful classic car. Since I’ll spend so much time fixing it up, the car will be special. You can’t find that in any of the new

Ken: I see your point. Would
you like me to help you fix it up on the weekend? My dad owns a tire
shop and I can get you a great deal.
Jack: Sounds good! Thank you
for the offer!

fix up
means to improve the appearance or condition of something. It is
usually used when talking about older things that need changing to look better,
like a house or car.

This idiom can be found in the LSI textbook Speaking
Transitions. This book is used at LSI schools in the level 4 Listening/Speaking
classes. For more information, please visit:

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