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1. Metal parts or fixtures made bright by polishing.
2. Wooden surfaces, especially on a boat, having a bright sheen from being varnished.
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1. (Automotive Engineering) shiny metal trimmings or fittings on ships, cars, etc
2. (Nautical Terms) varnished or plain woodwork on a vessel
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polished metal parts.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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