- n the property of being smooth and shiny
- v polish and make shiny
- In an effort to please her mother, Natalie has burnished all of the silverware before tonight’s big dinner.
- After the serious of scandals, the party's image was in need of serious burnishing.
- It is always an old and nondescript lamp that brings out the obedient genie not a shiny, burnished one.
- John Kerry in International Herald Tribune
He must be trying to burnish his credentials for the nomination process,said Kerry, who labeled McCain's comments "flat politics and incorrect."
- Desmond Tutu in The Guardian
Desmond Tutu, the former archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel peace prize winner, said Unesco "is allowing itself to burnish the unsavoury reputation of a dictator" and that the money Obiang pledged for the prize in order to glorify himself was...
- Rush Limbaugh in Boston Globe
Displaying a lack of sensitivity surprising even for him, Limbaugh said the quake plays "right into Obama's hands - humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish, shall we say, credibility with the black community, the both light-skinned...