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English verb: brush up

1. brush up (cognition) refresh one's memory

SamplesI reviewed the material before the test.

Synonymsrefresh, review

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, retrieve, think

2. brush up (change) bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

SamplesPolish your social manners.

Synonymspolish, polish up, round, round off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hone, perfect

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