brush up


Definition of brush up 

transitive verb

1 : to improve or polish as if by brushing

2 : to renew one's skill in brush up your Spanish

intransitive verb

: to refresh one's memory : renew one's skill brush up on math

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Other Words from brush up

brushup \ˈbrəsh-ˌəp \ noun

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Prepare your best fan theories and brush up on your season 2 because the third season of Riverdale has officially started filming in Vancouver, according to Canadian publication the Regina Leader-Post. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Season 3 Has Begun Filming," 9 July 2018 Opening Day is finally here, so brush up by reading about every team from behind enemy lines. Staff,, "Enemy Lines: Opposing Scouts Size Up the American League," 28 Mar. 2018 Even better: Both occasions are BYOB, so brush up on your pairings! Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Pan-Asian pop-up Hapa returns with dinners, will take over Emporium's indoor food truck," 18 Oct. 2017 But also, for those of you reading this who don’t like computers, consider brushing up on your skills. Christopher Elliott, miamiherald, "Trip Mate denied my claim. Is there no hope for a refund?," 6 July 2018 My low-maintenance morning routine—a quick brush up and pencil fill-in—was suddenly taking up a lot more time. Jane Chertoff, SELF, "This Is Why Your Eyebrows Are Thinner Than They Used to Be—and What to Do About It," 13 July 2018 Scoring is a throwback to the pre-computer days — paper only (so brush up on your math skills or have your phone handy). Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Merely brushing up against the leaves will leave you in a state of olfactory euphoria. Norman Winter, Houston Chronicle, "Golden Delicious pineapple sage," 25 May 2018 About 100 children from various Boys & Girls Club chapters got a chance to brush up on their baseball skills with some Los Angeles Dodgers alumni this week. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Local children get some pitching tips during annual youth baseball clinic," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of brush up

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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