- polish off,
- polish people's republic,
- polish the apple,
- polish up,
- polish wheat,
- polished rice,
- polit. econ.,
Origin of polished
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
Examples from the Web for polished
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014|Charlie Gilbert|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tallinn feels palpably Scandinavian with its polished old-town brick, seaside positioning and glut of cool cafes.
The DVD was accompanied by a personalized basketball jersey and a piece of polished amber.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs|Ben Jacobs|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coursing beneath the polished surface of the love poems is something deep, dark, and defiant.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I would say our girls, if you met any of them, I mean they are polished and poised and strong.
Last and most precious was the silver shilling, which she polished carefully with her chamois-skin pen-wiper before putting away.The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor|Annie Fellows Johnston
A girl in crumpled linen slacks skidded to a fast stop on the polished floor of the Star business office.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike|Mildred A. Wirt
Nothing daunted, I said nothing, clenched my teeth, and polished off another twenty until dark.Across America by Motor-cycle|C. K. Shepherd
He took off his glasses, polished them, and stared at his ward.The Purple Heights|Marie Conway Oemler
And to the ledge itself a polished crown, four inches high; and over the same another little golden crown.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Word Origin for polish
late 14c., "made smooth;" early 15c., "elegant;" past participle adjective from polish (v.).
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