Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Brush up (To).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Brush up (To).
To renovate or revive; to bring again into use what has been neglected, as, “I must brush up my French.” When a fire is slack we brush up the hearth and then sweep clean the lower bars of the stove and stir the sleepy coals into activity.   1


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