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brushup

[ bruhsh-uhp ]
/ ˈbrʌʃˌʌp /
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noun
the act or process of reviewing a subject, technique, or the like, for the purpose of renewing the memory, skill, etc.: He gave his Spanish a brushup before his trip to Mexico.
the act or process of eliminating or repairing minor flaws: He gave the collection a final brushup before putting it on display.
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Origin of brushup

First recorded in 1895–1900; noun use of verb phrase brush up
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British Dictionary definitions for brushup

brush up

verb (adverb)
(tr often foll by on) to refresh one's knowledge, skill, or memory of (a subject)
to make (a person or oneself) tidy, clean, or neat as after a journey
noun brush-up
British the act or an instance of tidying one's appearance (esp in the phrase wash and brush-up)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with brushup

brush up

1

Clean, refurbish, as in We plan to get the house brushed up in time for the party. [c. 1600]

2

Also, brush up on. Review, refresh one's memory, as in Nell brushed up on her Spanish before going to Honduras, or I'm brushing up my knowledge of town history before I speak at the club. [Late 1700s]

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