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French-polish

[french-pol-ish]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to finish or treat (a piece of furniture) with French polish.
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Origin of French-polish

First recorded in 1830–40

French polish

noun
  1. a furniture finish, consisting of shellac dissolved in spirits.
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Origin of French polish

First recorded in 1810–20
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British Dictionary definitions for french-polish

French-polish

verb
  1. to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)
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French polish

noun
  1. a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol
  2. the gloss finish produced by repeated applications of this polish
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