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British English: /brʌʃ/
American English: /brəʃ/

Translation of brush in French:


  • 2 (act of brushing)
    coup (m) de brosse
    to give one's teeth a quick brush
    se brosser rapidement les dents
  • 3 (encounter) (confrontation with person)
    accrochage (m) (with avec)
    (contact with person, celebrity) contact (m) (with avec)
    to have a brush with the police/with the authorities
    avoir affaire à la police/aux autorités
    to have a brush with death
    frôler la mort
  • 4 (light touch) I felt the brush of a bird's wing
    j'ai senti un oiseau m'effleurer de son aile
  • 5 (vegetation or twigs)
    broussailles fpl
  • 6 (fox's tail)
    queue (f) de renard

transitive verb

  • 1 (sweep, clean)
    brosser (carpet, clothes, shoes)
    to brush one's hair/teeth
    se brosser les cheveux/les dents
    to brush somebody's hair/teeth
    brosser les cheveux/les dents de quelqu'un
    to brush something off/into something (with brush or hand)

    brosser quelque chose de/dans quelque chose
    to brush the knots out of one's hair
    se démêler les cheveux
  • 2 (touch lightly)
    effleurer (person, part of body, object) (with avec)
    her skirt brushed the floor
    sa jupe balayait le sol
  • 3 (Culinary)to brush something with
    badigeonner quelque chose avec (water, milk, egg, oil)

intransitive verb

  • to brush against
    frôler (person, part of body, object)
    to brush past somebody
    frôler quelqu'un en passant
    he brushed past me into/out of the room
    il m'a frôlé en entrant dans/en quittant la pièce

also: brushed past participle adjective

  • (Textiles)
    (cotton, denim, nylon)

Phrasal verbs

brush aside

brush aside [something/somebody], brush [somebody/something] aside 1.1 (dismiss)
balayer, repousser (idea, thought, feeling)
repousser (argument, criticism, person)
1.2 (move away)
écarter (cobweb, branch, curtain)
1.3 (beat)
balayer, écraser (team, opponent, defences)

brush away

brush away [something], brush [something] away
brosser, enlever (crumbs, dirt)
essuyer (tear)
écarter (hand)

brush back

brush back [something], brush [something] back
brosser [quelque chose] en arrière (hair)

brush down

brush down [something], brush [something] down
brosser (coat, skirt, suit, horse)

brush off

brush off [something/somebody], brush [something/somebody] off
repousser (person, offer, allegation, challenge)
écarter (threat, incident, disagreement)

brush up (on)

brush up (on) [something], brush [something] up
se remettre à (language, skill, subject)
I must brush up on it ou brush it up
je dois m'y remettre
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