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One may be dressed up to them - by numbers? (5)

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I believe the answer is:

nines

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'numbers?' is the definition.
(nine is a kind of number)

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This clue was last seen in The Globe and Mail

(Other definitions for nines that I've seen before include "Dressed to these is to be perfectly turned out", "Dressed to these and you're well-turned-out", "squares", "In emergency, press three of these", "Numbers to which one may be dressed up?", "9s" and "Very smart if dressed to these".)

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