French polish

French polish

noun
a furniture finish, consisting of shellac dissolved in spirits.

Origin:
1810–20

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French-polish

[french-pol-ish]
verb (used with object)
to finish or treat (a piece of furniture) with French polish.

Origin:
1830–40

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French polish
 
n
1.  a varnish for wood consisting of shellac dissolved in alcohol
2.  the gloss finish produced by repeated applications of this polish

French-polish
 
vb
to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)

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