to brush up on

Idiom Definition

"to brush up on"

to quickly study or review something that you already know but haven't used for a while

Idiom Definition - to brush up on


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to brush up on

Two parents are talking about their daughter Ellen ...

Mother: So, Ellen tells me that you are going to give her driving lessons.

Father:  She is turning sixteen next month.

Mother:  Are you prepared to give her lessons?

Father:  I should probably brush up on the driver's handbook.

Mother:  It might be a good idea to take a quick look just so you can refamiliarize yourself with the basics that will be on her exam.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to brush up on

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  Are you ready to give the orientation session for the new employees?

Executive 2:  Not quite. It's been a year since I gave the last session and I should probably review the material before the session.

Executive 1:  Yes.  It would be a good idea to brush up on the content and, maybe, check to see if there have been any updates.

to brush up on - Usage:


to brush up on - Gerund Form:

Brushing up on company policy before an employee performance review is a good idea.

to brush up on - Examples:

1)  There are even many free, open-source courses you can take at home to brush up on your skills. 

2)  Brush up on techniques that you may not use every day, but are very useful.

3)  If you know enough in advance that the position will be coming available, brush up on skills required for that position. 

4)  If you think that you speak on behalf of Georgetown students, you should first brush up on what Jesuit values are. 

5)  I'm not an historian of science and technology, but I had to brush up on that literature for a class I was teaching this semester.

6)  During the royal wedding, I had to brush up on what a commoner really is.

7)  Since I have recently rediscovered the joy of writing again I realized I need to brush up on some of the basic rules.

8)  Brush up on facts for the AP exam with 500 flashcards encompassing the entire AP course.

9)  I managed to both brush up on long-neglected dodge-ball skills and catch up on a substantial amount of reading.

10)  Is there a book for moms to brush up on their own knowledge?

11)  I felt like I needed to brush up on my American history, so I read this book.

12)  Many things in this article are inaccurate. Brush up on your knowledge of firearm ownership and laws before misrepresenting guns and gun owners

13)  I was surfing around the web while writing this, brushing up on the reasons being bandied about for why students should learn advanced math.

14)  I spent some time brushing up on my French.

15)  Brushing up on relevant technical areas by re-reading university notes is advisable.

16)  At the outset I decided to apply for temporary jobs as a way of brushing up on my skills.

17)  I'm teaching myself basic probability, Italian and brushing up on my French.

18)  As this is your first film, you've presumably been brushing up on your cinematic knowledge.

19)  I wish that I had brushed up on my Elizabethan history before watching this stylish film.

20)  I will be studying an English teachers course, so have brushed up on my own grammar, and want to test myself.