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  • verb transitive, slang To tweak, finesse or improve (something); to make more appealing or exciting. Usually with up.
  • adjective South Africa, slang stylish, hot, cool


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  • Totally unrelated ... as I was researching zhoosh, I found UrbanDictionary. com, and one of their new phrases is "No Wukkas".

    Sonos drewan 2005

  • Puts it in a car and it zhooms, on a skateboard and zhoosh.

    TreeHugger 2009

  • Channel Nine Corporate Affairs Manager Scott Briggs explained that what Ms Kennerley actually said was "too zhoosh". - Comments lazyd 2009


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  • v., Originally among homosexual men (Polari slang): to make more stylish or smart; to enliven, make more exciting. Often zhoosh up. - OED

    A word I've heard countless times (most often on television, as things were being done to hair with mousse), and had no idea how to spell; today, zhoosh (IPA: /ʒʊʃ/) appears more often under variant spellings, for the very same reason— See: zhuzh, tszuj, zhoozh..

    August 31, 2008