One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually in singular An act of cleaning or smartening oneself or something up.‘he must want a wash and brush-up after the long journey’
- ‘He told The Westmorland Gazette that a bit of a brush-up was needed to remove the brown layer of algae growing on Nelson's shell and restore the native British lobster to his usual colour scheme of blue, with orange claws.’
- ‘Five hours later I awoke for my trek to work via home and a wash and brush-up.’
- ‘All in all, he could do with a bit of a wash and a brush-up.’
- ‘York comedy guru Dan Atkinson was being whisked off to glitzy London today to be given a wash, trim and brush-up all at the BBC's expense.’
- ‘The days took on a relaxing pattern: a reviving mug of tea on deck first thing, a wash and brush-up in the marina bathrooms or in the cramped shower on board, followed by breakfast in a cafe.’
- 1.1usually as modifier An act of improving existing knowledge or skill in a particular area.‘a two-day brush-up course’
- ‘I don't think she's ever really delved into the finer points of US-Mideast relations in the 20th century, and for that matter, I could use a brush-up.’
- ‘Reading this fast-paced, action-packed book written by Kalki did more than give me a thorough brush-up of my reading skills.’
- ‘Students turn to community colleges for basic skills brush-up or new skills acquisition.’
- ‘There was a quick brush-up on a few of the movements, and then a break before the concert started at 7: 30 pm.’
- ‘Professors quickly realized the students needed a brush-up and scheduled the missing piece.’
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