furbish up


verb (used with object)
to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often followed by up ): to furbish a run-down neighborhood; to furbish up one's command of a foreign language.
to polish.

1350–1400; Middle English furbishen < Middle French forbiss-, long stem of forbir to polish, clean < Germanic; compare Old High German furban

furbisher, noun
unfurbished, adjective
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furbish (ˈfɜːbɪʃ)
1.  to make bright by polishing; burnish
2.  (often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore
[C14: from Old French fourbir to polish, of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., from O.Fr. forbiss-, prp. stem of forbir "to polish," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. furban "to polish"). Related: Furbished; furbishing.
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