dust off


dusted off; dusting off; dusts off

transitive verb

: to bring out or back to use again
dusted off his golf clubs when he retired

Examples of dust off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marvel Studios stands in stark contrast to superhero comics, which are often wildly experimental and unabashedly weird; perhaps Deadpool can shake the dust off. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 If Ghostbusters, a lighthearted comedy with some fun scares, puts you in the mood for more movies that shine a light on female friendships, here are 10 more to rent, stream or blow the dust off of in your DVD cabinet. Brett Weiss, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Flight prices are up across the U.S. as travelers have dusted off their luggage following the lull caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and returned to the skies, and Boise is no exception. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 Volunteers dusted off the giant ice worm and built other parade floats. Corey Buhay, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2024 Joseph Quinn Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos: Scott Gries/Getty Images, Netflix Time to dust off that Stranger Things wig! Vulture, 18 Jan. 2024 The former president won in a landslide, with Ron DeSantis finishing a distance second, Nikki Haley taking the third-place spot and all three dusting off and preparing for next week's New Hampshire primary. WSJ, 16 Jan. 2024 All these recipes have been dusted off by a new chef, Edward Wong. Pete Wells, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 At first, their movements are rigid and robotic, dusting off old bones and tight muscles. Jaeden Pinder, Pitchfork, 21 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dust off was in 1940

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“Dust off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dust%20off. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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