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If the after-work crowds start to swell, make your way to The Savoy’s recently refurbished—and very golden—Beaufort Bar, which sits on the hotel’s former cabaret stage, for a pricey tipple.
Unlike the last time, this recall is limited to phones refurbished through AT&T's insurance program and handled by FedEx Supply Chain.
As mayor, she was credited with spearheading the creation of a modern library in town, and for refurbishing and revitalizing the old Paramount Theater, which was built in the 1930s.
But two of the homes Howe claims were in the worst shape in Miami-Dade County — both of them located in Hialeah — have since been sold and refurbished by their owners with new doors, windows, paint and other improvements.
Microsoft sells refurbished Surface 3 devices for $300.
Camp North End is a 75-acre former industrial site off Statesville Avenue, a massive collection of former warehouse and factory space that ATCO plans to renovate, refurbish and reuse.
Hibbert, 18, cleaned out and refurbished two large storage rooms at his church, First Presbyterian Church in River Forest.
In the dining room, crystals hang off the curved, gold branches of a round chandelier and sparkle against glass lamp bases standing on a matte gray chest cabinet, a piece of furniture repainted and refurbished.
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Did You Know?
If you're wondering if "refurbish" implies the existence of an earlier "furbish," you are on the right track. "Furbish" was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Anglo-French furbiss-, a distant relative of an Old High German word meaning "to polish." In its earliest uses "furbish" also meant "to polish," but it developed an extended sense of "renovate" shortly before English speakers created "refurbish" with the same meaning in the 17th century. These days "refurbish" is the more common of the two words, although "furbish" does continue to be used.
First Known Use of refurbish
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Definition of refurbish for English Language Learners
: to repair and make improvements to (something, such as a building)
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