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French polish

noun
1.
a furniture finish, consisting of shellac dissolved in spirits.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20

French-polish

[french-pol-ish] /ˈfrɛntʃˈpɒl ɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to finish or treat (a piece of furniture) with French polish.
Origin
1830-40
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British Dictionary definitions for French polish

French polish

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

French-polish

verb
1.
to treat with French polish or give a French polish (to)
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