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- Made smooth or shiny by polishing.
1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
- Refined, elegant.
1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
- "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
a polished performance
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter III:
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
made smooth or shiny by polishing
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