bright·​work | \ˈbrīt-ˌwərk \

Definition of brightwork 

1 : polished or plated metalwork

2 : varnished woodwork on a boat

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The flash of brightwork at the doors’ leading edges is very like a BMW. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2018 Kia Stinger GT2: The Best German Car to Come Out of South Korea," 6 Apr. 2018 Furthermore, the dearth of brightwork or any contrasting hue inside this test car imparts it with all the cheerfulness of a haunted house. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2017 Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet PDK Automatic," 5 Oct. 2017 Keep a set of sunglasses aboard; there’s enough brightwork and glossy wood to trim a yacht. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Video Review: After 15-Year Break, Lincoln Continental Returns With Style," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of brightwork

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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