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  • v. Present participle of furbish.


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  • The furbishing and details within the edifice are related to and on a scale with its specific functions and it is not difficult for the visitor to imagine that he is in a car on a highway, rather than in a museum.

    Drive-In Auto Museum

  • Only wants a little furbishing: soon put to rights.


  • He was busily employed in furbishing and burnishing a broad two-handed sword, of a peculiar shape, and considerably shorter than the weapons of that kind which we have described as used by the Swiss.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • But while 100 big budget games out there just re-inventing or re-furbishing the wheel see, e.g., EA generally, even if there are pieces of this that fail as a game, I still think it's awesome.

    Buying Spore, or just renting?

  • In the day-time, as you make your way along the narrow streets, you see them all at work: upon the pavement, oftener than in their dark and frouzy shops: furbishing old clothes, and driving bargains.

    Pictures from Italy

  • One day, as he sat disconsolately at his easel, furbishing up a picture of his wife, in the character of Peace, which he had commenced a year before, he was more than ordinarily desperate, and cursed and swore in the most pathetic manner.

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • There were all sorts of these things that people were routing out and furbishing up; infernal things, silly things; things that had never been tried; big engines, terrible explosives, great guns.

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • STRANGER: There is the purification of living bodies in their inward and in their outward parts, of which the former is duly effected by medicine and gymnastic, the latter by the not very dignified art of the bath-man; and there is the purification of inanimate substances — to this the arts of fulling and of furbishing in general attend in a number of minute particulars, having a variety of names which are thought ridiculous.

    The Sophist

  • By the careful garnering of all his little opportunities, the furbishing up of every meager advantage; by listening slavishly to the voice of party, and following as nearly as he could the behests of intrenched property, he had reached his present state.

    The Financier

  • (Envy and spite, the most detestable of the vices, were her chief faults.) “I feel like some dowdy, decrepit, horribly dingy old fly,” she said, making Robert Haydon stop just to hear her say that, just to reassure herself by furbishing up a poor weak – kneed phrase and so showing how detached she was, how witty, that she did not feel in the least out of anything.

    A Haunted House, and other short stories


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