One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A manufactured substance used for polishing uncarpeted floors.
- ‘Both had stupendously good design on the boxes, which was a welcome relief from the unremittingly banal nature of most modern cigarette packaging, which seem to aim for the visual ingenuity of floor polish containers.’
- ‘Phenol, a suspected cancer-causing agent, is found in floor polish and in many disinfectants.’
- ‘The scents of smoke, fried food, spilled liquor and floor polish combined into a unique aroma that permeated the building.’
- ‘There is a particular smell, a compound, I think, of floor polish and burnt egg, which I shall forever associate with boarding school.’
- ‘Although investigations are continuing, police say the fire could have been caused by white spirits that leaked during the production of floor polish.’
- ‘It was the floor polish which I smelled somewhere which I cannot now remember which is funny as the smell itself brought back many details about a place I used to visit with my parents in the 70s.’
- ‘Their preliminary conclusion is that the fire and subsequent explosion may have started when white spirits spilled onto the floor near a gas burner, used for heating chemicals in the production of floor polish.’
- ‘It was exactly the same smell as there used to be in the ante-room to our Biology lab at middle school, a hint of floor polish with overtones of formaldehyde.’
- ‘I remember going to visit an old lady, the neighbor of one of my aunts, and finding a small apartment that smelled of floor polish, where each little object, even the smallest, was valued.’
- ‘Hospitals and nursing homes smelt strongly of ether or chloroform which was used for anaesthetics, of disinfectant, or of floor polish.’
- ‘My wife succinctly described it as a cross between floor polish and urine.’
- ‘The factory manager said the company would be launching a new range of products which include floor polish and detergent paste.’
- ‘Sudan 1 is a red dye normally used as a colouring in solvents, oils, waxes, petrol, and shoe and floor polish.’
- ‘Other products which may contain Sudan 1 include solvents, oils, waxes, petrol and shoe and floor polish.’
- ‘Asphalt is the main material used for building roads, and waxes are used in such products as floor polish and to coat milk cartons.’
- ‘Nothing, but nothing - no image, no taste, no scent of cabbage and floor polish - can whisk you back like the popular music from the time when popular music was written just for you.’
- ‘The picture vanished, replaced by an advert for floor polish.’
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