1 brushwood, shrubs, undergrowth, branches, scrub, brush, bracken, brambles, underbrush, underwood:
It took us three days to clear the brush from around the house.
2 thicket, brake, copse, grove, boscage:
The fox disappeared into the brush, which was too dense for the dogs to follow.
1 hairbrush, toothbrush, clothes-brush, shoe-brush, nail-brush, paintbrush; broom, dust-broom, besom, US whisk broom:
This brush is too harsh and may damage your teeth.
3 encounter, engagement, skirmish, Colloq Brit spot of bother:
Mark has had several brushes with the law.
4 scrub, clean; groom, curry; sweep, whisk, gather:
Brush your teeth twice a day. I brushed down the mare before saddling her. Brush the crumbs off the table.
5 graze, touch:
He deliberately tried to brush against her in the corridor.
6 brush aside or away. disregard, dismiss, put aside, shrug off:
Brushing aside the members' objections, he tried to force the committee's acceptance of the new rules.
7 brush off. dismiss, ignore, rebuff, send off or away or packing:
He asked her out, but she brushed him off.
8 brush up (on). review, restudy, go over, refresh, study, Archaic con:
You should brush up on your geometry before taking trigonometry.
fine, soft, stiff
Scrub the wood thoroughly with water and a stiff brush.
| nylon, wire | clothes, lavatory, nail, pastry, scrubbing, shaving, toilet
VERB + BRUSH
apply sth with
Apply the paint with a clean brush.
| use, wield
BRUSH + NOUN
The artist has used tiny brush strokes.
with a/the ~
Remove all the rust with a wire brush.
a brush and comb, a dustpan and brushverb
1 clean with a brush
She hummed happily as she brushed down her coat.
Lucille brushed at the blood on his jacket.
brush sth clean
2 touch lightly
gently, lightly | accidentally
She carefully avoided brushing against the man sitting beside her at the table.
She brushed by him and dashed up the stairs.
I hardly noticed the man who brushed past me in the corridor.
He brushed her lips with his.
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