dressed to kill


dressed to kill


  • elaborately attired, dressed to draw attraction
  • dressed very nicely, extravagantly
  • intentionally wearing clothes that attract attention and admiration

Example Sentences

  1. She arrived at the reception dressed to kill.
  2. The man was dressed to kill in a tuxedo, hat, gold watch, and expensive shoes because he was going to accept an award.
  3. I want to marry that beautiful girl who is always dressed to kill.
  4. Ferrari Portofino was just dressed to kill in the car exhibition.
  5. The actress is dressed to kill in the black gown.


It’s believed to be a newer version of the ancient phrase “dressed to the nines.” Most likely, the first uses of the exaggerated expression begin in the 1800s. And “kill” uses in the sense of “extremely impressive and attractive.”

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Wonder if dressed to kill may come from the Mafia when they usually wear a shirt and tie to snub someone out in a fancy restaurant? Probably not but possible I suppose !

‒ Philip Mc Lean May 15, 2024

This is now a term exclusively applied to females exposing either a large amount of un-covered skin or wearing tight fitting clothes with similar intention as previously described ‘literally dressed to kill’

‒ Felix February 23, 2020

It is my understanding it originated with Napoleons Imperial Guard, 1799-1815 they were an elite group and were treated as such, including uniforms that were basically tuxedos with tails, the finest pants and boots. And literally dressed to kill.

‒ Napoleon June 20, 2019

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