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    Elemoi is offline Junior Member
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    "rub up on" and "brush up"

    Phrasal Verb: Rub up on
    Example: I need to RUB UP ON my Portuguese before I go to Brazil.

    Phrasal Verb: Brush up
    Example: She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she travelling around South and Central America.

    Do you use these phrases in the same sense?

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    Susan612 is offline Junior Member
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    Re: "rub up on" and "brush up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Elemoi View Post
    Phrasal Verb: Rub up on
    Example: I need to RUB UP ON my Portuguese before I go to Brazil.

    Phrasal Verb: Brush up
    Example: She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she travelling around South and Central America.

    Do you use these phrases in the same sense?
    I'm not familiar with the first phrase , especially not with that meaning. I wonder if perhaps it's similar to RUB UP AGAINST, as in a cat rubbing up against your leg. However, a little googling shows me several online dictionaries that contain the meaning you've listed. It seems to be a British English usage.

    With the second phrase, at least here in the US it's more common to hear BRUSH UP ON xxxx. Maybe I need to brush up on my British English

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