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Idioms about brush

    get the brush, to be rejected or rebuffed: She greeted Jim effusively, but I got the brush.
    give the brush, to ignore, rebuff, etc.: If you're still angry with him, give him the brush.

Origin of brush

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; (noun) Middle English brusshe, probably to be identified with brush2, if the original sense was “implement made from twigs, etc., culled from brushwood”; (verb) Middle English brushen “to hasten, rush,” probably from Old French brosser “to travel (through brush),” verbal derivative of broce (see brush2)

OTHER WORDS FROM brush

brush·a·ble, adjectivebrusher, nounbrushlike, adjectiveun·brush·a·ble, adjective

Other definitions for brush (2 of 3)

brush2
[ bruhsh ]
/ brʌʃ /

noun
a dense growth of bushes, shrubs, etc.; scrub; thicket.
a pile or covering of lopped or broken branches; brushwood.
bushes and low trees growing in thick profusion, especially close to the ground.
Also called brushland. land or an area covered with thickly growing bushes and low trees.
backwoods; a sparsely settled wooded region.

Origin of brush

2
1350–1400; Middle English brusshe<Middle French broisse,Old French broce underbrush (compare Anglo-French brousson wood, brusseie heath), perhaps <Vulgar Latin *bruscia excrescences, derivative of Latin bruscum knot or excrescence on a maple tree

OTHER WORDS FROM brush

brush·i·ness, noun

Other definitions for brush (3 of 3)

Brush
[ bruhsh ]
/ brʌʃ /

noun
Katharine, 1902–52, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
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British Dictionary definitions for brush (1 of 2)

brush1
/ (brʌʃ) /

noun
verb

Derived forms of brush

brusher, nounbrushlike, adjective

Word Origin for brush

C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from broce brush ²

British Dictionary definitions for brush (2 of 2)

brush2
/ (brʌʃ) /

noun
a thick growth of shrubs and small trees; scrub
land covered with scrub
broken or cut branches or twigs; brushwood
wooded sparsely populated country; backwoods

Word Origin for brush

C16 (dense undergrowth), C14 (cuttings of trees): from Old French broce, from Vulgar Latin bruscia (unattested) brushwood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with brush

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