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brightwork

[brahyt-wurk]
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noun
  1. polished metal parts, as on a ship or automobile.
  2. Nautical. all plain or varnished woodwork that is kept scoured on a vessel.
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Origin of brightwork

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; bright + work
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British Dictionary definitions for brightwork

brightwork

noun
  1. shiny metal trimmings or fittings on ships, cars, etc
  2. varnished or plain woodwork on a vessel
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