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Brush up   /brəʃ əp/   Listen
Brush up

Refresh one's memory.  Synonyms: refresh, review.
Bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state.  Synonyms: polish, polish up, round, round off.

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"Brush up" Quotes from Famous Books

... mansion the situation was explained to Mr. and Mrs. Ford, and the boys were conducted by a servant to a bathroom, where they might wash and brush up and make themselves otherwise presentable. They did not linger long, and when they came below, the folding-doors to the dining-room were opened and the butler ...
— The Mystery at Putnam Hall - The School Chums' Strange Discovery • Arthur M. Winfield

... other, smiling. "I thought it was not worth while to go to bed, but just gave myself a wash and brush up; and here I am, ...
— Bred in the Bone • James Payn

... impossible!" he exclaimed, his eye brightening. "If he asks me, I'll try to brush up ...
— In New Granada - Heroes and Patriots • W.H.G. Kingston

... in readiness, having been ordered in advance by Mrs. Endicott, a sweet woman who looked like Laura, and as soon as the girls and boys had had a chance to brush up and wash, all sat down to partake of the good things provided. Jessie was much astonished by the ...
— Dave Porter at Star Ranch - Or, The Cowboy's Secret • Edward Stratemeyer

... a mistake! you can find plenty of work if you look for it; only don't look too far, because it is the little bits of things which come right in your way that Jesus wants you to do. When you brush up the room, and set the table neatly, and brighten the fire, and do little thoughtful things that help your mother, then you are pleasing Jesus, doing work for Him. Isn't it pleasant to think that in all those little things He is watching over you, ...
— Tip Lewis and His Lamp • Pansy (aka Isabella Alden)

... his examinations successfully and had been admitted as a student at Yale. In order to accomplish this without taking a preparatory course at Phillips Academy, he had found it necessary to vigorously "brush up" the knowledge he had acquired at the Fardale Military Academy which ...
— Frank Merriwell at Yale • Burt L. Standish

... organization. A good general esprit is needed. All must work for battle and not merely live, quietly going through with drills without understanding their application. Once a man knows how to use his weapon and obey all commands there is needed only occasional drill to brush up those who have forgotten. Marches and battle maneuvers are ...
— Battle Studies • Colonel Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq

... that it never has been guessed right by anybody; yet the archbishop said there was an answer, although he did not say what it was. May be you can solve the riddle, my dears, if you brush up your wits a bit? Let me know as soon as you think you ...
— St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878 • Various

... safely home after leaving you yesterday and found that neither the house nor the folks had run away.... Persevere in your travels, mother, as long as you think it does you good, and tell Dick to brush up his best bows and bring home some lady to grace ...
— Samuel F. B. Morse, His Letters and Journals - In Two Volumes, Volume I. • Samuel F. B. Morse

... was desirable to remember everyone he met, and he prided himself on his ability to call cordially by name clients or chance acquaintances whom he had not seen for years. Nature had endowed him with a good memory for names and faces, but he had learned to take advantage of all opportunities to brush up his wits before they were called into flattering, spontaneous action. When his glance, attracted by Mrs. Earle's remote gesticulation, rested on Selma's face, he began to ask himself at once where he had seen it before. In the interval vouchsafed by her approach ...
— Unleavened Bread • Robert Grant

... coming down the Mississippi inquiring for Jock Drones! A detective, as relentless, as sure as a bullet in the heart, was coming. He might even then be lurking in the brush up the bank, waiting to get a sure drop. He might be dropping down that very night. He might step in among the players, unnoticed, unseen, and wait there for the moment of ...
— The River Prophet • Raymond S. Spears

... the accost of another who was even then coming up from the gate, and knocked at Mr. Linden's door again just as Mrs. Derrick was taking her minister's wife into the parlour. Her first move this time on coming in, was to brush up the hearth and put the fire in proper order for burning well; then she faced round before the couch and stood in a sort of pleasant ...
— Say and Seal, Volume I • Susan Warner

... the last to leave. He stayed well away from the others, being fearful that, if he should touch or brush up against someone, ...
— The Stutterer • R.R. Merliss

... Oxford and Cambridge settlement workers, and the immature intellectuals. There are literally dozens and dozens of churches and chapels on the Island, and dozens of halls and meeting-places where lectures are given. The former do not capture Johnnie, but the latter do, and he will often wash and brush up of an evening to hear some young boy from Oxford deliver a thoroughly uninformed exposition of Karl Marx or Nietzsche. The Island is particularly happy in being so frequently patronized by those half-baked ...
— Nights in London • Thomas Burke

Words linked to "Brush up" :   recollect, call up, remember, brushup, retrieve, perfect, call back, hone, recall, think

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