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make oneself look attractive and be pleased with it; be proud
英语解释:if a bird or animal preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers or fur with its beak or tongue
When you preen yourself you try to make your appearance very tidy and attractive, may be by spending a long time before the mirror. You preen yourself if you are pleased and are proud of your appearance or of something you have done. When a person preens on something, they are proud of what they have done.
When a bird preens itself it makes its feathers smooth using its beak.
- 'Stop preening you in front of the mirror,� said the mother to the daughter, seeing the youngster spending a long time in front of the mirror, proud of her looks.
- After the killing a mouse with one stroke he preened himself. He looked proudly at others as though he had done something great.