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The meaning of "scrub up"

" Scrub up "
Meaning:
Make an effort to present oneself well dressed and smartly turned out.
Example:
I'd only ever seen Jim in jeans before. Now he's in a suit and had a haircut I think he scrubs up really well.
Where did it originate?:
Derived as an allusion to the intensive scrubbing that surgeons undertake to be especially clean for operations.
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