brush up

brushed up; brushing up; brushes 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 How to pronounce brushup (audio) \ noun

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There are online listicles detailing the annoying things riders do — eating smelly foods, vaping, not tipping well — to help riders brush up on Uber etiquette, but questions of decorum are subject to debate. Travis Deshong, Washington Post, "Do drivers think you’re a ‘Ridezilla’? Better check your Uber rating.," 18 July 2019 The event is free, but brush up on the schedule and learn more about the other attractions at John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver’s 2019 Juneteenth this weekend features a Grammy winner, NBA2K competition," 14 June 2019 Facebook brushed up against this in its September data breach. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "'Sign In With Apple' Protects You in Ways Google and Facebook Don't," 4 June 2019 Accenting the shellacked hair, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni brushed up and filled in each model's arches for full, feathered brows that veered even more masculine against seemingly bare, luminous complexions. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Puts a Dramatic Twist on the Classic Ponytail at Paris Fashion Week," 5 Mar. 2019 The last time it was measured, in 2010, about 98 percent of his county was federal land — and, because of that, people there brush up against federal agencies more than most Americans. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 In fact, there's an entire scene in this movie that might not make a whole lot sense if you're not brushed up on the entire Iron Man-Spider-Man legacy, so maybe make sure that's pretty fresh in your mind. Rachel Paige,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 30 June 2019 For the actors, that meant brushing up on their fight choreography. Devan Coggan,, "Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and Idris Elba gear up for Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw," 27 June 2019 And going by other recent Vatican actions, that may mean brushing up against a rightward turn in Latin American politics. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Can Married Priests Help Save the Amazon?," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of brush up

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of brush up was circa 1600

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