The act of trying to make something hopelessly weak and unattractive appear strong and appealing. An impossible process that usually results in a larger, uglier turd.
She tried to look more attractive by getting plastic surgery, but let's face it, you can't polish a turd.
by ktrane March 3, 2004
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An engineering term referring to the process of examining a product, process, or system for defects, fixing the defects, then repeating as new defects appear, instead of re-engineering the solution with fewer defects.
"In other words, you attack your firewall / software / website / whatever from the outside, identify a flaw in it, fix the flaw, and then go back to looking. One of my programmer buddies refers to this process as 'turd polishing' because, as he says, it doesn't make your code any less smelly in the long run but management might enjoy its improved, shiny, appearance in the short term. "
by Mycopheles September 15, 2005
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to spin, embellish, spin, puff, enhance, enrich, exaggerate, gild and generally lie like a motherfucker about something to make it seem better and more desirable than it really is
you: "man, you should have seen the girl I fucked last night. she was smokin' hot and craving my johnson juice."
me: "what a load of turd polish asswipe. I did see her. what a toothless skank whore."
you: "well, you can't have everything."
me: "well, i guess it is better than nothing. what's her number?"

Conventional Wisdom:
"you can polish a turd, but it's still a piece of shit."
by spiderbesideher September 23, 2009
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A turd polisher is someone who trys to fix or improve somthing that is beyond help and definatly not worth fixing.
jac is a proffesional turd polisher he repairs ford pintos
by arm the homeless August 15, 2005
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trying to take an object that is obviously shitty and hopeless, and trying to refurbish it.
a man trying to put crome on an '83 camaro
would be called a turd polisher.
by badger wood June 30, 2005
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turd polish the act of applying nice things to somthing that is a peice of crap in order to hide the fact it is a turd
tom bought a crappy car so puts {turd polish} spinners on it.
by sonicwarhawk December 7, 2005
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An unattractive girl, who through a good dress sense and the proficient application of make up can appear beautifal to a drunken man.
"That girls a stunner"
"My god man, she's a polished turd!"
by Ross October 31, 2004
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