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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of brush up.


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  • Millcote, -- -- shire; I brushed up my recollections of the map of England; yes, I saw it; both the shire and the town. -- -- shire was seventy miles nearer London than the remote county where I now resided: that was a recommendation to me.

    Jane Eyre: an autobiography, Vol. I.

  • Gernisavien brushed up against them, irritated that they insisted on sit­ting out in the cold and dark.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • When she visited, he spoke to her in the Polish he’d learned as a child, and had brushed up on with audiocassettes when he was chosen to man the SafeTarn International booth at a women’s health conference in Wrocław.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • He was a big man, tall and heavy, with a magnificent physique and a great head surmounted by a mass of iron-grey curls parted sleekly down the middle and brushed up at the sides so that, whether by accident or design, one was almost deceived into thinking that his barrister’s wig was a fixture.

    Flowers for the Judge

  • Halfway to Bourbon, Dante’s searching senses brushed up against that dark and violent heart he was scouring the night for, a mind bursting at the seams with blood-slicked shivs and steel cuffs and motherfucking lies, but this predator/perv was cold and efficient, a gutter shark fueled by survival, by power and money, and not lust—at least not for sex.

    Etched in Bone

  • Sometimes our way lay along the beaten trails, and sometimes we crossed fluffy snow-fields of dead white, where the wind had brushed up drifts of fantastic sculpturing.

    Janey Canuck in the West


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