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  • v. Present participle of polish.
  • n. The action of the verb to polish.
  • adj. That makes shiny or smooth.
  • adj. That refines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from polish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Like you mentioned the books really cater to all people who are interested in polishing their social behavior.

    African-American Etiquette | Edwardian Promenade

  • This amuses me because "turd-polishing" is a common phrase bandied around SFF workshops, meaning the act of fiddling with the sentences and commas in an essentially broken narrative.

    i guess i picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

  • Still, I managed to begin polishing the final draft of “Halves” and revised an old short story called “Full of It” (for a reprint appearance).

    Weekend – Brian Keene

  • Having read one Wallender book by him (The Dogs of Riga), Mr Queenan lost no time in polishing off his entire oeuvre, following this achievement by a quick run through all of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's ten Martin Beck novels.

    June 2008

  • There were good ideas, interesting characters perhaps but a great deal more effort in polishing and shaping was required in many cases.

    Giving Writers a Chance

  • He intended to spend the first two months of the fall school term polishing the essay, and correcting mistakes.


  • The last issue had a good letter from someone who signed himself ‘Conscript’, describing how he and his comrades were forced to waste their time in polishing brass, blacking the rubber hoses on stirrup pumps with boot polish, scraping broom handles with razor blades, and so on.

    As I Please

  • I explained that the cell routine of floor-scrubbing, tin polishing, etc., would be no exceptional exertion in my case, since I was an amateur scrubber, having patronised that craft in much the same spirit in which other unemployed women took up water-colour drawing or hand-embroidery.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • The reason given, however, was that she too was suffering from heart disease, but this medical verdict did not prevent her being sent to the cells, where the full prison labour of floor washing and tin polishing was exacted of her, as soon as our shorter sentences had expired and she was left to finish her unjustifiably longer term in solitude.

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • But they are in a terribly scratchy condition – they go sometimes for weeks in my head before I find time to put them down – you may guess, polishing is pretty well out of the question.



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