[ bruhsh ]
/ brʌʃ /
an implement consisting of bristles, hair, or the like, set in or attached to a handle, used for painting, cleaning, polishing, grooming, etc.
one of a pair of devices consisting of long, thin handles with wire bristles attached, used in jazz or dance bands for keeping a soft, rhythmic beat on the trap drums or the cymbals.
the bushy tail of an animal, especially of a fox.
- a conductor, often made of carbon or copper or a combination of the two, serving to maintain electric contact between stationary and moving parts of a machine, generator, or other apparatus.
- brush discharge.
a feathery or hairy tuft or tassel, as on the tip of a kernel of grain or on a man's hat.
an act or instance of brushing; application of a brush.
a light, stroking touch.
a brief encounter: He has already had one brush with the law.
a close approach, especially to something undesirable or harmful: a brush with disaster.
verb (used with object)
to sweep, paint, clean, polish, etc., with a brush.
to touch lightly in passing; pass lightly over: His lips brushed her ear.
to remove by brushing or by lightly passing over: His hand brushed a speck of lint from his coat.
verb (used without object)
to move or skim with a slight contact.
brush aside, to disregard; ignore: Our complaints were simply brushed aside.
brush off, to rebuff; send away: She had never been brushed off so rudely before.
brush up on, to revive, review, or resume (studies, a skill, etc.): She's thinking of brushing up on her tennis.Also brush up.
Words nearby brush
Idioms for 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 brush1
OTHER WORDS FROM brushbrush·a·ble, adjectivebrush·er, nounbrush·like, adjectiveun·brush·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for brush aside (1 of 3)
(tr, adverb) to dismiss without consideration; disregard
British Dictionary definitions for brush aside (2 of 3)
/ (brʌʃ) /
a device made of bristles, hairs, wires, etc, set into a firm back or handle: used to apply paint, clean or polish surfaces, groom the hair, etc
the act or an instance of brushing
a light stroke made in passing; graze
a brief encounter or contact, esp an unfriendly one; skirmish
the bushy tail of a fox, often kept as a trophy after a hunt, or of certain breeds of dog
an electric conductor, esp one made of carbon, that conveys current between stationary and rotating parts of a generator, motor, etc
a dark brush-shaped region observed when a biaxial crystal is viewed through a microscope, caused by interference between beams of polarized light
(tr) to clean, polish, scrub, paint, etc, with a brush
(tr) to apply or remove with a brush or brushing movementbrush the crumbs off the table
(tr) to touch lightly and briefly
(intr) to move so as to graze or touch something lightly
Derived forms of brushbrusher, nounbrushlike, adjective
Word Origin for brush
C14: from Old French broisse, perhaps from broce brush ²
British Dictionary definitions for brush aside (3 of 3)
/ (brʌʃ) /
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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Idioms and Phrases with brush aside (1 of 2)
Disregard, ignore, as in The teacher brushed aside our questions.
Idioms and Phrases with brush aside (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with brush
- brush aside
- brush off
- brush up
- give someone the air (brush off)
- have a brush with
- tarred with the same brush
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