brush up


brushed up; brushing up; brushes up

transitive verb

: to improve or polish as if by brushing
: 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
brushup noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Think about who would benefit from spreading confusing information during a news event, and brush up on specific narratives going around. Heather Kelly, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 So brush up on your Hanukkah facts and make the most of the holiday with an abundance of snacks, Hanukkah appetizers and Hanukkah desserts. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, 30 Oct. 2022 Before this year's viewing, brush up on these fun facts about the film. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Sep. 2022 Book lovers can brush up on their literary knowledge with this clever cocktail book. Amber Joglar, Popular Mechanics, 28 Oct. 2022 Instead of conducting itself like a Kremlin bureaucracy, the IRS should brush up on customer service. Philip Demuth, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 Authorities think the truck discovered Monday had mechanical problems when it was left next to a railroad track in an area of San Antonio surrounded by auto scrapyards that brush up against a busy freeway, Wolff said. Eric Gay And,, 28 June 2022 The company behind Photoshop chose an interesting way to brush up its image with investors. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2022 No matter the time of year, there are boundless amounts of fresh fruit and produce, so brush up on your knowledge and take advantage. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brush up was circa 1600

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“Brush up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

brush up

: to refresh one's memory, skill, or knowledge
brush up on your Spanish

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