brush1 S3 [brʌʃ] n
1¦(object for cleaning/painting)¦
[Sense: 1, 3-6; Date: 1300-1400; Origin: Early French broisse, from Old French broce ( BRUSH12); probably because branches from bushes and trees were used to make brushes.]
[Sense: 2; Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: broce 'broken branches, brushwood']
an object that you use for cleaning, painting, making your hair tidy etc, made with a lot of hairs, ↑bristles, or thin pieces of plastic fastened to a handle
a scrubbing brush
2.) ¦(TREES)¦[U]
a) small bushes and trees that cover an area of land
b) branches that have broken off bushes and trees
3.) ¦(MOVEMENT)¦ [singular]
a movement in which you brush something to remove dirt, make something smooth, tidy etc
I'll just give my hair a quick brush .
4.) ¦(TOUCH)¦ [singular]
a quick light touch, made by chance when two things or people pass each other
the brush of her silk dress as she walked past
a time when you only just avoid an unpleasant situation or argument
brush with
His first brush with the law came when he was arrested for disorderly behaviour.
A brush with death can make you appreciate life more.
6.) ¦(TAIL)¦
the tail of a ↑fox
→↑broadbrush,daft as a brush atdaft
brush 2
brush2 v
1¦(clean/make tidy)¦
3¦(touch lightly)¦
4¦(put something on something)¦
Phrasal verbs
 brush somebody/something<=>aside
 brush somebody/something<=>down
 brush somebody/something<=>off
 brush up (on) something
to clean something or make something smooth and tidy using a brush
Don't forget to brush your teeth.
2.) ¦(REMOVE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to remove something with a brush or with your hand
brush sth off/from etc sth
Ella brushed the crumbs off her jacket.
He brushed the tears from his eyes.
3.) ¦(TOUCH LIGHTLY)¦ [>I always + adv/prep, T]
to touch someone or something lightly when passing them
Something brushed her shoulders.
brush against
I felt her hair brush against my arm.
brush past
Nell brushed past him in the doorway.
4.) ¦(PUT SOMETHING ON SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to put a liquid onto something using a brush
brush sth with sth
Brush the pastry with milk.
brush sth over/onto sth
Brush a little oil over the top of the pizza.
brush sth under the carpet atsweep1 (15)
brush aside [brush sb/sth<=>aside] phr v
to refuse to listen to someone, or refuse to consider something
= ↑dismiss
He simply brushed all my objections aside.
brush down [brush sb/sth<=>down] phr v
1.) to clean something using a brush
He was brushing the pony down.
2.) brush yourself down
to use your hands to remove dirt from your clothes, especially after you have fallen
brush off [brush sb/sth<=>off] phr v
to refuse to listen to someone or their ideas, especially by ignoring them or saying something rude
Corman brushed off accusations that he had acted dishonestly.
brush up (on) [brush up (on) sth] phr v
to practise and improve your skills or your knowledge of something that you learned in the past
I must brush up on my French before I go to Paris.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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