Nearby words

  1. brunswick,
  2. brunswick stew,
  3. brunt,
  4. brusa,
  5. bruschetta,
  6. brush aside,
  7. brush biopsy,
  8. brush border,
  9. brush broom,
  10. brush catheter

Idioms

    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
1350–1400; (noun) Middle English brusshe, probably to be identified with brush2, if orig. sense was implement made from twigs, etc., culled from brushwood; (v.) Middle English brushen to hasten, rush, probably < Old French brosser to travel (through brush), verbal derivative of broce (see brush2)

Related formsbrush·a·ble, adjectivebrush·er, nounbrush·like, adjectiveun·brush·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brush aside

brush aside

brush away

verb

(tr, adverb) to dismiss without consideration; disregard

brush

1
/ (brʌʃ) /

noun

verb


Derived Formsbrusher, nounbrushlike, adjective

Word Origin for brush

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

brush

2
/ (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

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Word Origin and History for brush aside
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Idioms and Phrases with brush aside

brush aside

Disregard, ignore, as in The teacher brushed aside our questions.

brush

In addition to the idioms beginning with brush

  • brush aside
  • brush off
  • brush up

also see:

  • give someone the air (brush off)
  • have a brush with
  • tarred with the same brush
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