Sandoval has also managed to burnish his image with a patina of integrity in the scandal-scarred Silver State.
For Palin, of course, Israel also offers a chance to burnish her famously weak foreign policy credentials.
This means that even women who are not employed in factories will get the chance to burnish career-building skills.
early 14c., from Old French burniss- present participle stem of burnir, metathesis of brunir "to shine, gleam, sparkle" (trans.), "to polish, make sparkle, make bright, shine," from brun "brown; polished," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German brun, Old Norse brunn "bright, polished; brown;" see brown (adj.)). The connection to "brown" might be explained if the original objects in mind were wooden ones. Related: Burnished; burnishing.