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  • v. Present participle of burnish.


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  • Former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle, the authors wrote, considered Hillary an icy prima donna; her husband (who after exiting the White House often called Daschle, imploring him for help in burnishing his legacy) a narcissist on an epic scale; the dynamic between the couple, bizarre; their treatment of their friends, unforgivably manipulative and disloyal.

    In 'Game Change,' the Clinton profile gets more complex

  • Recording superstar Beyonce Knowles is building a bankable resume for herself as an actress with Sony Screen Gems 'Obsessed as the latest title burnishing her resume.


  • The still-evolving pieces of Victorian Village's revitalization all build on the idea of burnishing that history.

    The Memphis Daily News

  • It doesn't entirely surprise me that in the 1990s when we were fat and happy and we thought that the threat to the administration had diminished, the Soviet Union had disappeared that we just didn't spend our time kind of burnishing the failsafe mechanisms, you know, like kind of big holes in mountains in West Virginia or wherever it is, that we needed in times of real crisis.

    CNN Transcript Mar 1, 2002

  • Chief Executive Donald Tsang is pushing to spend billions of dollars on costly and unpopular investments aimed at burnishing Hong Kong's image as part of China's rise, such as high-speed rail and hosting the Asian Games.

    Contempt for Hong Kong Law

  • But the event is burnishing Mr. Perry's image among prominent religious conservatives.

    Evangelicals Urge Perry to Enter Race

  • And these are just two players in a burgeoning industry aimed at burnishing the credentials of the college-bound.

    The Do-Good Zeal of the College Bound

  • Media outlets overlooked the irony of the Dalai Lama's well-received affirmation of church-state separation at a time when potential presidential candidates around the country are busily burnishing their Christian bonafides.

    Nicole Neroulias: The Dalai Lama And The Separation Of Church And State In America

  • Saville and Kelly have paid their late friend the highest possible tribute by burnishing that myth.

    A fitting headstone for Tony Wilson's grave

  • The strong support for climate action in California is an anomaly in an election where Democratic candidates are running away from Barack Obama's environmental agenda, and Republicans are burnishing their Tea Party credentials by dismissing global warming as "alarmism".

    Arnold Schwarzenegger flexes muscles to defend climate change law


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