brush

brush1 [ brʌʃ ] noun **
▸ 1 tool
▸ 2 light touch
▸ 3 short experience
▸ 4 fox's tail
▸ 5 trees/branches
▸ 6 use of a brush
1. ) count an object used for painting, cleaning things, or making your hair neat. It consists of a handle with stiff fibers or thin short pieces of plastic or wire called bristles that are attached to it:
Remove any loose dirt using a soft brush.
a wire brush
2. ) singular a very gentle movement against something:
the brush of his hand
3. ) count brush with a short experience of a dangerous or unpleasant situation:
He'd had a few brushes with the law but nothing serious.
We'd had a brush with death that left us terrified.
a ) a short argument or minor disagreement with someone:
He turned out to be the man she'd had the brush with when she first arrived.
4. ) count the tail of a FOX
5. ) uncount an area of land with small trees and bushes growing on it:
The deer disappeared into the brush.
a brush fire
a ) BRUSHWOOD
6. ) singular an instance of making something clean or neat using a brush:
give something a brush: I'll give my teeth a brush before we leave.
brush
brush 2 [ brʌʃ ] verb
1. ) transitive to make something clean or neat using a brush:
brush your hair/teeth: She hadn't bothered to brush her hair.
How often do you brush your teeth?
a ) to remove dirt from a surface using a brush:
brush something off/from something: Let me brush the dust off your jacket.
b ) to apply a liquid to a surface using a brush:
Brush the lacquer on thinly.
brush something with something: First, brush the wall with a stiff brush to remove loose paint.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to touch someone or something for a very short time when you go past them:
Her sleeve brushed the wall.
brush past/against: She brushed past him.
a ) transitive to touch someone or something very gently:
He brushed her lips with his mouth.
3. ) transitive to remove something by moving your hands quickly over a surface:
The old man brushed some crumbs from his beard.
brush something away: Maggie brushed away her tears as she listened.
brush something from/off something: He jumped out to brush the snow off the windshield.
,brush a`side phrasal verb transitive
to refuse to accept that something is important or true:
These longstanding traditions, values, and attitudes cannot be brushed aside quickly.
The defendant brushed aside accusations that he had lied.
,brush `down phrasal verb transitive
to clean someone or something using your hands or a brush:
He stood in the doorway brushing himself down.
,brush `off phrasal verb transitive
to refuse to listen to someone, or to accept that something is true:
The manager brushed off suggestions that he had considered resigning.
I tried to explain it to him, but he just brushed me off.
,brush `up phrasal verb intransitive or transitive
to practice and improve your skills or knowledge of something:
I took a class to brush up my German before the trip.
brush up on: the opportunity to brush up on various techniques

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Brush — (br[u^]sh), n. [OE. brusche, OF. broche, broce, brosse, brushwood, F. brosse brush, LL. brustia, bruscia, fr. OHG. brusta, brust, bristle, G. borste bristle, b[ u]rste brush. See {Bristle}, n., and cf. {Browse}.] 1. An instrument composed of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brush — Brush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Brushed} (br[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Brushing}.] [OE. bruschen; cf. F. brosser. See {Brush}, n.] 1. To apply a brush to, according to its particular use; to rub, smooth, clean, paint, etc., with a brush. A brushes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brush — brush1 [brush] n. [ME brushe < OFr broce, brosse, bush, brushwood < VL * bruscia < Gmc * bruskaz, underbrush: for IE base see BREAST] 1. BRUSHWOOD ☆ 2. sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth 3. a) a device having… …   English World dictionary

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  • Brush — /brush/, n. Katharine, 1902 52, U.S. novelist and short story writer. * * * ▪ art       device composed of natural or synthetic fibres set into a handle that is used for cleaning, grooming, polishing, writing, or painting. Brushes were used by… …   Universalium

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  • brush — vb Brush, graze, glance, shave, skim are comparable when they mean to touch lightly in passing. Brush implies a movement like the flick of a brush upon a surface: sometimes it suggests no more than an almost impalpable touching, but sometimes it… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brush|y — brush|y1 «BRUHSH ee», adjective, brush|i|er, brush|i|est. like a brush; rough and shaggy. ╂[< brush1 + y1] brush …   Useful english dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush — Ⅰ. brush [1] ► NOUN 1) an implement with a handle and a block of bristles, hair, or wire, used especially for cleaning, smoothing, or painting. 2) an act of brushing. 3) a slight and fleeting touch. 4) a brief encounter with something bad or… …   English terms dictionary

  • brush-on — /brush on , awn /, adj. 1. fit to be applied with a brush: a brush on paint remover. n. 2. a substance that can be applied with a brush: The varnish dries more quickly than most brush ons. [adj., n. use of v. phrase brush on] …   Useful english dictionary

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