brush up
verb Date: circa 1600 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
brushup noun

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  • brush-up — see ↑brush up below. • • • Main Entry: ↑brush * * * brush off, brush up see brush v.2 5 b, 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush up — [v] improve condition clean up, cram, go over, look over, polish up, read up, refresh one’s memory, refurbish, relearn, renovate, reread, retouch, review, revise, study, touch up; concepts 202,244 Ant. forget …   New thesaurus

  • brush up — (on (something)) to study again something you learned before. Brushing up on computer skills can be important for any worker thinking about getting a new job …   New idioms dictionary

  • brush|up — «BRUHSH UHP», noun. 1. the act of refreshing memory or reviewing something learned, studied, etc.: »As far as I ve been able to gather from a hasty brushup on the subject, the Koreans have no ethnological ties with the Chinese (New Yorker). 2. a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush up — index repair Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • brush up — verb 1. refresh one s memory (Freq. 1) I reviewed the material before the test • Syn: ↑review, ↑refresh • Derivationally related forms: ↑refresher (for: ↑refresh …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush up — v. 1) (d; intr.) to brush up against (to brush up against a wall) 2) (D; intr.) to brush up on (to brush up on one s Latin) * * * [ brʌʃ ʌp] (d; intr.) to brush up against (to brush up against a wall) (D; intr.) to brush up on (to brush up on one …   Combinatory dictionary

  • brush up — phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms brush up : present tense I/you/we/they brush up he/she/it brushes up present participle brushing up past tense brushed up past participle brushed up to practise and improve your skills or… …   English dictionary

  • brush up — or brush up on PHRASAL VERB If you brush up something or brush up on it, you practise it or improve your knowledge of it. [V P n (not pron)] I had hoped to brush up my Spanish... [V P P n] Eleanor spent much of the summer brushing up on her dri …   English dictionary

  • brush-up — /ˈbrʌʃ ʌp/ (say brush up) noun 1. a polishing up, smartening up, or grooming. 2. a revision. {derived from phrasal verb brush up. See brush1 (def. 15) …   Australian English dictionary

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