Synonyms of brush in English:



  • 1 a dustpan and brush a fine camel-hair brush
    broom, sweeper, besom, whisk, sweeping brush; hairbrush, clothes brush, scrubbing brush, toothbrush, paintbrush
  • 2 he gave the seat a brush with the back of his hand
    clean, sweep, wipe, dust, mop
  • 3 a fox's brush
  • 4 Luke had said goodbye with no more than the lightest brush of his lips against her cheek
    touch, stroke, skim, graze, glance, rub, shave, pat, nudge, contact; kiss
    informal swipe
  • 5 a brush with the law
    encounter, clash, confrontation, collision, conflict; altercation, skirmish, wrangle, scuffle, tussle, fight, battle, engagement, feud, quarrel, incident, to-do
    British informal spot of bother
    British informal , Footballafters
  • verb

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  • 1 he spent most of his day brushing the floors
    sweep, clean, buff, scrub
  • 2 she brushed her long auburn hair
    groom, comb, neaten, tidy, make neat/tidy, smarten, smooth, arrange, fix, adjust, preen, primp, do, titivate; curry
  • 3 she felt his lips lightly brush against her cheek
    touch, stroke, caress, skim, sweep, graze, shave, glance, contact, flick, scrape; kiss
  • 4 she brushed a wisp of hair away from her face
    push, move, sweep, clear, clean, remove
  • Phrases

    brush something aside

    she brushed aside his repeated warningsdisregardignoredismissshrug offpass overput asidesweep asidewave asideoverlookpay no attention totake no notice ofrefuse to acknowledgeneglectthink no more offorget abouthave no time forshut one's eyes toturn a blind eye toturn a deaf ear torejectspurnfloutscoff atlaugh offmake light oftrivializebelittleminimize informalplay downpooh-poohcock a snook at

    brush someone off

    he scrambled up to help her, but she brushed him offrebuffdismissspurnrejectrepudiaterefusedisownslightdenyscorndisdainignoredisregardsnubcutcut deadturn one's back ongive someone the cold shouldercold-shoulderlook right throughfreeze outjiltcast asidediscardthrow oversend offsend awaysend packingdropleave informalknock backgive the brush-offgive the heave-hogive someone their marching ordersgive someone their walking paperstell someone to get lostBritish informalgive someone the pushgive someone the elbowgive someone the big Ebin offNorth American informalgive someone the air archaicforsake

    brush up (on)

    I've been brushing up on my Italianreviseread upgo overrefresh one's memory ofrelearncramstudylearnimprovesharpen (up)polish upbetterenhancehonerefinefine-tuneperfect informalrub upbone upBritish informalswot up (on)gen up on

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