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
Examples from the Web for polisher
Historical Examples of polisher
Truth is his inspirer, and earnestness the polisher of his sentences.A Plea for Captain John Brown
Henry David Thoreau
It reminded him of Teyssdre, the polisher, and his glass of good wine.The Immortal
The bottom of the polisher is covered with a piece of Brussels carpet.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
A lapidary is a cutter, polisher, or engraver of precious stones.Natural Gemstones
Constantinople had been the tutor and polisher of the Turks.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
Herbert George Wells
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