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Polish / polaco
 
Polish   [ˈpəʊlɪʃ]
A. -adjective   polaco
B. -noun
1. (linguistics)   polaco (m)
2. ·the Polish
(=people)   los polacos
 
polish / betún
 
polish   [ˈpɒlɪʃ]
A. -noun
1. (=shoe polish)   betúnoun (m),   bola (f) Mexico
(=furniture polish, floor polish)   cera (f)
(=metal polish)   líquido (m) para limpiar metales
(=nail polish)   esmalte (m) or laca (m) (para las uñas)
2. (=act)
·my shoes need a polish
·mis zapatos necesitan una limpieza
·to give something a polish
·dar brillo a algo
3. (=shine)   lustre (m),   brillo (m)
·high polish
lustre (m) brillante
·the buttons have lost their polish
·los botones han perdido su brillo or se han deslustrado
·to put a polish on something
·sacar brillo a algo
·the water takes the polish off
·el agua quita el brillo
4. (figurative)
(=refinement)   refinamiento (m)
a. [of artistry etcetera]   elegancia (f)
·he lacks polish
·le falta refinamiento
B. -transitive verb
1. (generally)   pulir
[+shoes]   limpiar,   lustrar especially Latin America,   bolear Mexico,   embolar Chile
[+floor, furniture]   encerar
[+pans, metal, silver]   pulir   (mechanically, industrially)   pulimentar
2. (figurative)   also polish up
(=improve)   perfeccionar
[+manners]   refinar
[+style etcetera]   pulir,   limar
[+one'noun Spanish etcetera]   pulir,   perfeccionar
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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