To brush up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To brush up to paint, or make clean or bright with a brush; to cleanse or improve; to renew.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To brush up to brighten, revive
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. brosse, a brush, brushwood—Low L. bruscia; Diez connects the Fr. with Old High Ger. burst, bursta, bristle.

Usage

In literature:

She stood up, brushing the seat of her gown fastidiously, like one who was used to sitting in cleaner surroundings.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He might even then be lurking in the brush up the bank, waiting to get a sure drop.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
To preserve articles of this sort from the moths, let them be well brushed and shaken, and laid up cool and dry.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
There was another door opposite; I brushed up to this, and was again drawn back by the concierge.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848" by Various
A mittened hand went up to its head, and brushed the snow from the face.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
When we are married and you meet my friends you'll have to brush up on a lot of things.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
The artist turned to the easel, taking up a brush, as if to seek in work a vent for his disturbed thought.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
And then all set to work with a whisk broom and brushes to clean up.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
Screaming reproaches she made up to the constable; but he rudely brushed her to one side.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
But he brushed up, and lost no time in hunting up work, knowing that it would never do to remain idle.
"Young Auctioneers" by Edward Stratemeyer
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In poetry:

She brushed the yard, she brushed the step,
She made the leaves to spin,
Tidying up her husband's place
Outside as well as in.
"The Bachelor" by John Crowe Ransom
Yet over all the waking earth
The tears of night are brushed away,
And eyes are lit with love and mirth,
And benisons of richest worth
Go up to bless the new-born day.
"A Summer Sunrise" by James Whitcomb Riley
"Cen-TEEN-ary!!" sez 'e.
Some'ow, 'e seemed to be
The sorta bloke wot gits me back up proper.
"Aw, brush yer brains!" sez I,
Gettin' 'ot. (I dunno why.)
"Cen-TEN-ary!" I sez. "You darn clod-'opper!"
"For The Defence" by C J Dennis
If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid
I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free.
"The House With Nobody In It" by Alfred Joyce Kilmer

In news:

Obama needs to brush up on Obamacare.
Mitt Romney might need to brush up on his geography.
BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop BISSELL Homecare's BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop features the Easy Scrubber brush to break up tough messes.
Even we need to brush up on our facts every once in a while.
Blumenthal Urges Providers to Brush Up on "Meaningful Use" Criteria.
You need to brush up on security.
Military veterans who want to brush up on their driving skills can do so for free next month.
The Brush boys basketball team traveled to Sheridan Thursday, Nov 29, for an early season game where they picked up a victory with a 69-44 win.
The instructional workshop drew a bevy of girls, ages 10 to 12 and their parents, who said they came because they wanted to brush up on their skills and learn from a professional.
Job seekers of all levels will have an opportunity to connect with employers and brush up on job seeking skills Tuesday.
To ensure that brush is picked up, it must be at the curb by 7 am Monday.
He was also given 10 days to board up the windows on the building until they can be fixed and clean up any brush or debris on the property.
If you're ready to brush up on your culinary skills, set the GPS to Litchfield Hills.
Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.
From planters and prefab to shrubs and sheds, we export the lifestyle values that inform our in-house decisions—sustainability, simplicity and quality—and brush up our space out back.
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In science:

As a brush-up we just recall that many integrals given in real form are easily evaluated by relating them to complex integrals and using the powerful method of contour integration based on Cauchy’s theorem.
Complex functions as lumps of energy
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