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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Explore UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Québec, brush up on your military history at the citadel atop Cap Diamant, and head to the Quartier Petit-Champlain for pedestrian-only streets and artisan boutiques. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Stay tuned, and brush up on your voting-rights knowledge here. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Florida's Wait for a Woman Governor Continues, but Diversity Still Wins," 29 Aug. 2018 In the scene projected on the wall, Banks was part of a crowded space, where the friction of strangers brushing up against one another gave the goings-on a mysterious charge. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Alex Prager Wants to Make You Look Twice," 22 Oct. 2018 Looking to brush up on the singer's most meaningful ink? Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Tattoos: A Complete Guide," 2 Oct. 2018 Affected taxpayers would be wise to brush up on the details, as several key provisions already have become sources of potential confusion. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "5 myths and misconceptions about new income-tax rules," 3 June 2018 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

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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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