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.
Origin of polish
Synonyms for polish
Origin of Polish
Related Words for polishvarnish, finish, glint, gloss, glaze, brilliance, sparkle, burnish, wax, veneer, smoothness, sheen, luster, urbanity, style, finesse, culture, suavity, elegance, class
Examples from the Web for polish
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 7, 2015
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.Did the Vatican Arrest an Abuser to Protect Him?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 24, 2014
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
September 3, 2014
Historical Examples of polish
Let us then take the fuller meaning of polish, and see how it will apply to style.
Now to the practical: what are we to do for the polish of our manners?
Just what I have said we must do for the polish of our style.
We ended by waltzing, first in the Polish, and afterwards in the Parisian manner.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
A Polish chap in the studio said something about it yesterday.The Harbor
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