verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to finish or dispose of quickly: They polished off a gallon of ice cream between them.
- to subdue or get rid of someone: The fighter polished off his opponent in the first round.
- poliovirus hominis,
- poliovirus vaccine,
- polish corridor,
- polish lowland sheepdog,
- polish notation,
- polish off,
- polish people's republic
Origin of polish
Origin of Polish
Examples from the Web for polish
“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.
For Aga Malarczyk, 37, one of more than 50,000 Polish citizens living in Scotland, this is a deal breaker.
Morrison handed her a “Yes” campaign leaflet printed in Polish.
The soldier launches into a comical strut and pretends to polish his guard box with his knuckles.Hunt To Identify Pirouetting 'Bearskin' Guardsman Who Shamed Army|Tom Sykes|September 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To polish varnish, rub with a felt pad, powdered pumice-stone and water.Handwork in Wood|William Noyes
We have had a similar reply, made under like circumstances, in Polish versions of No 4: see p. 40, note.
He thought again about what she had said of Polish forests, the dissatisfaction that had followed her for so many years.The Three Black Pennys|Joseph Hergesheimer
It must be admitted that the Polish peasants benefited by the change.The Story of Russia|R. Van Bergen, M.A.
The last Polish Krolestvo cyganskie or Gipsy king died in 1790.
Word Origin for polish
early 14c., polischen "make smooth," from Old French poliss-, present participle stem of polir (12c.) "to polish, decorate, see to one's appearance," from Latin polire "to polish, make smooth; decorate, embellish;" figuratively "refine, improve," said to be from Proto-Indo-European *pel- "to thrust, strike, drive" (via the notion of fulling cloth). The sense of "free from coarseness, to refine" first recorded in English mid-14c. Related: Polished; polishing. Slang polish off "finish" is 1837, from notion of applying a coat of polish being the final step in a piece of work.
1590s, "absence of coarseness," from polish (v.). From 1704 as "act of polishing;" 1819 as "substance used in polishing."
In addition to the idioms beginning with polish
- polish off
- polish the apple
- spit and polish