brush up

verb
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of brush up

1 : to improve or polish as if by brushing
2 : to renew one's skill in
  • brush up your Spanish
: to refresh one's memory : renew one's skill
  • brush up on math

brushup

play \ˈbrəsh-ˌəp\ noun

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First Known Use of brush up

circa 1600

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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