brightwork

[ brahyt-wurk ]
/ ˈbraɪtˌwɜrk /

noun

polished metal parts, as on a ship or automobile.
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
/ (ˈbraɪtˌwɜːk) /

noun

shiny metal trimmings or fittings on ships, cars, etc
varnished or plain woodwork on a vessel
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