dust off - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theydust off
he/she/itdusts off
present participledusting off
past tensedusted off
past participledusted off
  1. 1
    to get something ready to use that you have not used for a long time

    I’m dusting off my old skills and returning to work.

  2. 2
    to wipe dust or dirt off the surface of something

    Would you dust off the shelves?

  3. 3
    dust yourself off to wipe dust or dirt off your clothes
See also main entry: dust