1 noun
1 FOR CLEANING (C) an object that you use for cleaning, painting etc, made with a lot of hairs, bristles (bristle1 (2)), or thin pieces of plastic fixed to a handle: a hairbrush | Get a brush and sweep up all that rubbish.
2 (singular) a movement which brushes something, to remove dirt, make something smooth, tidy etc: I'll just give my hair a quick brush.
3 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) AmE small bushes and trees covering an open area of land
b) branches which have broken off bushes and trees
5 a brush with death/a brush with the law etc an occasion when something bad almost happens to you, but you just manage to avoid it
6 FAIL (C) the tail of a fox 1 (1)
-see also: daft as a brush daft (1) 2 verb
1 (T) to clean something or make something smooth and tidy using a brush: Don't forget to brush your teeth.
2 (transitive always + adv/prep) to remove something with a brush or with your hand: brush sth off/away etc: Brush the crumbs off your jacket, you messy thing. | He brushed his hair out of his eyes.
3 (intransitive always + adv/prep, transitive) to touch someone or something lightly by chance when passing them
(+ against): I felt her hair brush against my arm. | brush sth: The car brushed the hedges of the narrow lane.
4 brush yourself down BrE brush yourself off AmE to tidy yourself, especially after a fall, by using your hands to brush your clothes etc: I got up, brushed myself down, and carried on walking.
brush sb/sth aside phrasal verb (T) to refuse to listen to or consider something: He simply brushed all my objections aside. brush sth down phrasal verb (T) to clean your clothes or an animal thoroughly using a brush brush sth off phrasal verb (T) refuse to listen to someone or their ideas, especially by ignoring them or saying something rude: The President brushed off their pleas for an investigation. brush up (on) sth phrasal verb (I) to quickly practise and improve your skills or knowledge: I must brush up on my French before I go to Paris.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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