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bur nish

  • 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.
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  • 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...

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